The kindly and tolerant thought toward Christian Science,...

Denver (Colo.) Jewish News

The kindly and tolerant thought toward Christian Science, expressed in an article dealing with Jews and Christian Science, is much appreciated. As stated by the contributor, Christian Scientists are individualistic, for they recognize the fact that salvation from sin, sickness, and all un-Godlike conditions is not vicarious, but can be gained only by each individual guiding his own living and thinking in accordance with the Ten Commandments. This individualism of Christian Scientists is not selfishness, however, nor can it lead thereto; for Christian Science stresses the further command of God, voiced by Moses, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." The charge that the great problems and movements of the present age do not concern Christian Scientists, is refuted by The Christian Science Monitor, the international daily newspaper published by The Christian Science Publishing Society in Boston. This paper is generally acknowledged as a fearless and leading champion of every worthy cause, and it has espoused the cause of persecuted Jews more consistently and vigorously than any other daily paper, with the possible exception of some strictly Hebrew paper.

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord" is the basis of Christian Science teaching and practice. On page 340 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes: "The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science. It inculcates the triunity of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind. The divine Principle of the First Commandment bases the Science of being, by which man demonstrates health, holiness, and life eternal. One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, 'Love thy neighbor as thyself;' annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry,—whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed."

Although there may be many differing concepts of God, it is perfectly obvious that there can be but one infinite God, but one infinite creator of an infinite, eternal universe. The proof of the correctness of one's concept of God lies in its effect in his life, even as was promised by Moses when he voiced the thought of God toward man in these words: "Ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee." Christian Scientists rejoice that this promise has been fulfilled to them in a measurable and encouraging extent, and they recognize that the limitation in connection with its fulfillment is due, not in the least to the one God, but to their insufficient apprehension of and obedience to God's unchanging law of justice and harmony.

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