It appears that the pastor's chief difficulty lies in his...

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It appears that the pastor's chief difficulty lies in his utter failure to grasp the difference between the true man and the false man as set forth in the first and second chapters of Genesis. Christian Science teaches that the man of God's creating, of whom we read in the first chapter of Genesis, made "in the image of God," is spiritual and perfect, incapable of sickness, sin, or death; that the account of the Adam-man, made from the dust of the ground, as found in the second chapter of Genesis, is the material concept of man which embodies all the evil, discordant, sinning, and dying beliefs of mortal man. The former is the Elohistic account of God's creation; the latter is known as the Jehovistic, the distinction between which must be clearly kept in mind if one is to understand this religion. Christian Science accepts the former as the account of the true creation, the latter as the account of a false or seeming creation.

The statement that "matter is merely a spiritual idea" is exactly contrary to the teaching of Christian Science, and no such quotation has ever appeared in the Christian Science textbook. In relation to the statement that "man is never sick, he imagines his condition," let us refer to Mrs. Eddy's exact words on page 460 of Science and Health: "Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal,—that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction. It is therefore to be dealt with through right apprehension of the truth of being." Christian Science teaches that sickness is a false or wrong belief held in human consciousness, which is destroyed, healed, by knowing the truth of God and man; that is, by replacing the false concept with the true idea.

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