An item in a recent issue would leave the impression that...

East Cleveland (Ohio) Herald

An item in a recent issue would leave the impression that there is a significant difference between Christian Science as stated in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and the religion of Christ Jesus according to the Bible, whereas Christian Science is in perfect agreement with Jesus' words and works, and is nothing more nor less than the continuation of the scientific religion he established. The passage referred to in the Herald is the paragraph from page 75 of Science and Health, which is as follows: "Jesus said of Lazarus: 'Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.' Jesus restored Lazarus by the understanding that Lazarus had never died, not by an admission that his body had died and then lived again. Had Jesus believed that Lazarus had lived or died in his body, the Master would have stood on the same plane of belief as those who buried the body, and he could not have resuscitated it." It will be recalled that when Jesus said that Lazarus "sleepeth," the disciples did not understand what he meant, so Jesus had to tell them "plainly," or in language comprehensible to them, that Lazarus was dead. On another occasion when Jesus told the people that the damsel was not dead, but sleeping, they laughed him to scorn. Therefore the author of the inquiry as to whether to believe Science and Health or the Bible, would do well to strive to understand both Jesus' and Mrs. Eddy's meaning, and then there would be no contradiction. Jesus roused Lazarus out of the sleep of death as an ordinary man wakes another out of ordinary sleep; and that is the interpretation given to the passage by Mrs. Eddy, who saw clearly that the difference between sleep and death is one of degree.

Extracts from Letters
June 15, 1918

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