It is becoming more and more apparent to thinking people...

The Elkhart (Ind.) Truth

It is becoming more and more apparent to thinking people that a material viewpoint of the Bible brings to the reader uncertainty, confusion, and, frequently, contradictory statements. Spiritually interpreted, the Bible proves to be wholly consistent, and enables the student to apply its teachings and prove the law of God given therein in the way Christ Jesus did and commanded his followers to do.

The statement that "no Christian ever becomes a Christian Scientist," is pretty arbitrary, and would give the inference that students of Christian Science are not Christians. Webster defines a Christian as "one who believes, or professes ... to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by Him; ... especially, one whose inward and outward life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ." This indicates clearly enough what a Christian is, and Christian Science is teaching its adherents that to be Christians they must conform strictly and fully to the standard established by Christ Jesus. That standard, which is clear and cannot be misunderstood, is given in Mark: "These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover;" and in John we read, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." There is no mistaking this standard, and Christian Science accepts it without reservation, and is willing to be judged by its "fruits."

Extracts from Letters
October 11, 1919

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