In a recent issue of your paper several statements that...

Wesleyan Christian Advocate

In a recent issue of your paper several statements that need correction were made regarding Christian Science. Merely because Christian Science is being more widely recognized by the world at large, as is evidenced by the activity of its adherents in war relief work and the appointment of several chaplains, is no reason for deducing the following: "Evidently pain and suffering must be more than error of mortal mind." Anything that God did not create is most emphatically unreal, and the Bible says that all God created He declared good. Now, anyone is privileged to call pain and suffering good, but those who understand the truth that Jesus taught and demonstrated know better. Were pain good or sent by God it would be not only wicked but futile to attempt its destruction. Pain and suffering, therefore, are first, last, and all the time unreal, and, of course, errors of mortal mind.

Christian Science teaching has never divided the command to preach the gospel and heal the sick, and thousands of practitioners all over the world devote their entire time to this sacred work and did so before the present war was declared. Thus it is seen that they not only "dwell and labor among suffering people as other religious people do," but they are, through the teachings of the Master, relieving these same people of their suffering, and are consequently being known by their fruits. They are relying on the Scriptural promise that "the prayer of faith shall save the sick."

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Appreciation Better Than Praise
September 21, 1918

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