The Great Physician," the subject of a sermon reported...

Hamilton Times

"The Great Physician," the subject of a sermon reported in a recent issue, is very needful to-day. It is well for the world to have its attention drawn not only to its need of healing, but to Christ Jesus as an exemplar for healing as well as for moral reform. There is one phase of the sermon, however, to which objection can be taken; and that is to the insistence of the cry that sin, sickness, and death are real because they seem real. Although the sun seems to rise and set, and although millions of people for centuries believed it to rise and set, in these latter days we are better informed.

The subject, "Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?" presented periodically in all Christian Science churches, is a challenge to common sense testimony. Surely it is not asking too much that all thinkers should consider this subject reflectively and not merely from the standpoint of the material senses, which can never render a scientific verdict on any subject. The following are some of the reasons for the Christian Science view that sin, sickness, and death, though seeming actual, are not real: They are not created by God, no mention being made of any of them in the first chapter of Genesis, in which all creation is pronounced good by the creator; and John declares: "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." The mission of Christ Jesus, as defined in the New Testament, was to destroy the works of the devil, and according to the gospel records, he went about destroying sin, sickness, and death in numerous instances, thus proving them destructible or unreal. He completely triumphed over the "last enemy," death. Paul declares that the things which are seen are temporal; and sin, sickness, and death are visibly temporal, not eternal, not substantial, not real. They are not spiritual, nor entities, not spiritual realities or facts, but may be defined as the phenomena of material existence, illusive and unreal. They are not among the eternal verities. Therefore, they are not essential to true manhood; no man would be less a man by reason of freedom from sickness, sin, and death. Mrs. Eddy writes, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 67): "Man delivered from sin, disease, and death present the true likeness or spiritual ideal."

January 11, 1919

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