[Joseph E. Badger in Montreal (Canada) Bulletin]

Your correspondent who signs himself "A North Ender"...

Your correspondent who signs himself "A North Ender" undertakes to make a few comments on what he thinks is Christian Science. "My chief aim in writing this letter," he states, "is to get at the fundamentals of this belief." Then, instead of dealing with the fundamentals as taught in the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, he endeavors to build a structure of his own on a foundation of negatives, which is easy enough for him to demolish, but which proves conclusively, to anyone who has given the subject serious thought, that he has not the least idea of what Christian Science is. We therefore agree with him that it would be a misnomer to name his concept of it Christian Science.

While it would be impossible to answer the question "What is Christian Science?" fully in a letter to the paper, it may be said that it is Christian because it is based upon the fundamental teachings of the Bible, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Lord's Prayer. The smallest child in the Christian Science Sunday school knows that. And it is Science because it is definite knowledge concerning fundamental or divine Principle and law. For nineteen hundred years Christendom has prayed: "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. ... Deliver us from evil." Christian Science is the answer to this prayer of humanity. There is not a member or adherent of this church but has (or knows some dear one that has) been delivered from some form of sin, or sickness, or sorrow by its ministrations, when other systems had failed them.

In the gospel of John, Christ Jesus promised his followers: "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." Men and women were delivered from evil, from sin, sickness, and even death by Christ Jesus and his followers, through the spirit of Truth in the first few centuries of the Christian era. And since Truth does not change with time, the followers of Christ Jesus to-day, by gaining the spirit of Truth in the understanding of God's infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, are being delivered themselves; and in turn are delivering others from the bondage of sickness, sin, sorrow, poverty, and other forms of evil.

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