The gentleman, "J. B.," who criticizes Christian Science,...

Red Deer (Alberta) Advocate

The gentleman, "J. B.," who criticizes Christian Science, makes a correct statement—amid his many incorrect—when he writes, "Nowhere in Christian Science teaching can I find a full, uncompromising acknowledgment that Christ is God." There are, on the contrary, both in Jesus' teachings and in Christian Science, quite a few uncompromising acknowledgments of the fact that Christ is not God, but that he is the Son of God.

One instance may be given. The disciples had spoken to Christ Jesus about the many different opinions held as to who he was, and the Master, in order to test his disciples' understanding, asked: "But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."

From the beginning of Jesus' public ministry until its close, one of the chief points on which he was attacked was his teaching that Christ is the Son of God. In the temptation at the beginning of his public career, this was the first point that the tempter assailed, "If thou be the Son of God ..." Throughout his entire healing ministry, and at his trial, we find the same assault in various guises. Finally, when he was on the cross, we hear the same old taunt, "If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross."

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