[Harry Vandegrift in Canton (Ohio) News]

I have read the "Open Letter on Plague Danger," published...

I have read the "Open Letter on Plague Danger," published in the Daily News, wherein the writer states that "the people of Christian Science persuasion tell us that we should ignore the whole matter (the recent epidemic of influenza and the order closing churches, schools, etc.) and create among the people the feeling and attitude that there is nothing to fear."

The writer of the letter has either been wrongly informed or has misunderstood his informant. Christian Science does not teach that sickness should be ignored, but rather overcome, destroyed, healed; and this is done by the proper application of the teaching of Christian Science as given in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. Christian Science does not deny that disease and suffering have a seeming existence in human experience, but it does deny that sickness of any kind has a place in God's creation. That sickness and sin are merely false conditions of human experience and therefore unreal in the absolute sense is proved in the fact that unnumbered thousands have been healed by the Christian Science method. Christian Science reaffirms the Bible statement, "Be not afraid," and offers as a reason for fearlessness the many Bible promises of immunity from danger to those who trust God. "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling." Disease feeds on fear; happily this is being recognized by the medical profession to an ever increasing degree. Likewise our brethren in some of the churches of other denominations are awakening to a realization of this fact.

The Bible teaches that God is omnipresent Love. Christian Scientists know this to be true and are therefore able to cast out the fear which breeds disease. Answering the lawyer who asked, "Which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus replied, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."This is our first duty.

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Extracts from Letters
April 12, 1919

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