The evangelist whose sermon is reported in the Fresno Republican...

Fresno (Cal.) Republican

The evangelist whose sermon is reported in the Fresno Republican is quite right in his assertion that healing the sick is not all there is to Christian Science practice. While it is now a matter of common knowledge that Christian Science does heal the various forms of disease, whether classified as functional or organic, curable or incurable, nevertheless the most important function of Christian Science is to regenerate mankind and place them on a right plane of thinking and living.

But the evangelist declares that Mrs. Eddy "strikes a blow at the atonement," and "denies the whole Bible teaching on the subject by claiming that Christ did not die on the cross." It is difficult to understand how any student of the Bible could suppose such an impossibility as that Christ should have died on the cross or anywhere else. The Christ is indestructible and eternal, in accordance with the Scriptural statements: "Before Abraham was, I am;" and "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." This is precisely what Jesus was demonstrating, and this demonstration constituted his atonement; that is, the proof or exemplification that man is in unity or at-one with God, and hence perfect and immortal. To say that Christ died is in itself a denial of the atonement. Christian Science, however, teaches that Jesus was crucified, but that he overcame death and the grave.

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