The local pastor who is delivering a series of sermons on...

Auburn (N. Y.) Citizen

The local pastor who is delivering a series of sermons on healing by mental means is entitled to encouragement for his progressive stand. His references to Christian Science, however, call for a few corrections. Evidently he does not understand that the Christianity taught by Jesus of Nazareth and the Christianity taught in the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, are identical. This is a fact that can be demonstrated by any sincere student, however; and it must be understood before one can arrive at a correct conclusion regarding Christian Science. Believing that Christian Science has a bad side is like believing that Christianity has its bad side; but it is as impossible for good to have an evil side as for light to have a dark side. If one could suffer from relying too implicitly on Christian Science, one could suffer also from relying too implicitly on God, Truth, for Christianity is the Science of God.

The pastor would have his hearers believe that God is omnipotent on some occasions but helpless on others; that it is safe to rely on Him when an ailment is not serious, but dangerous to rely on Him when an ailment is serious. Such reasoning leads to the conclusion that a doctor's prescription or a surgeon's knife is sometimes more to be trusted than God. Christian Science declares that unless God, divine Love, is omnipotent and omnipresent all the time, He is not omnipotent and omnipresent any of the time. If God is omnipotent and omnipresent, it makes no difference whether the illness be in a child or an adult, chronic or acute, it must disappear before the realization that evil can have no place, since all space is filled with goodness.

Duty and Privilege
April 14, 1917

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