An article headed "End of World Near at Hand," reports...

Bellingham (Wash.) Herald

An article headed "End of World Near at Hand," reports a sermon preached by an evangelist, in which he speaks of the various teachings regarding the second coming of Christ Jesus as "fanatical and unwarranted," mentioning Christian Science as one of these.

He says: "The followers of the late Mrs. Eddy are teaching that their system of so-called Christian Science is the second coming of Christ Jesus." This statement, like practically all attacks made on Christian Science, is misleading. In her Message to The Mother Church in 1900 (p. 7) Mrs.Eddy says: "Is there more than one Christ, and hath Christ a second appearing? There is but one Christ. And from everlasting to everlasting this Christ is never absent. In doubt and darkness we say as did Mary of old: 'I know not where they have laid him.' But when we behold the Christ walking the wave of earth's troubled sea, like Peter we believe in the second coming, and would walk more closely with Christ; but find ourselves so far from the embodiment of Truth that ofttimes this attempt measurably fails, and we cry, 'Save, or I perish!' Then the tender, loving Christ is found near, affords help, and we are saved from our fears."

Christian Scientists, then, are not looking and waiting for the coming again of Christ Jesus in the flesh. To Christian Scientists the incarnation means that God was made manifest to human thought through Christ Jesus. The reincarnation, then, or the second coming of Christ, must mean the coming to individual consciousness of the Christ, or of the "Word," which "was made flesh, and dwelt among us." This means the breaking up of material beliefs and the establishment of a spiritual basis of thinking where it is realized that man is a son of God; that he is not material but spiritual; that in God "we live, and move, and have our being."

November 30, 1918

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