Christian Science apparently is causing considerable perturbation...

Lake County Chronicle

Christian Science apparently is causing considerable perturbation to the local ministers, if one is to judge by the church notices appearing in a recent issue of the Chronicle. But why, one asks, should these good men become so exercised over the teachings of Christian Science? Have they forgotten Gamaliel's advice to the council: "And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God," and placed themselves in the position of the priests and elders who demanded the extinction of Paul because he was a "pestilent fellow"?

In Jesus' time many of the priests and elders, schooled in material wisdom and bound by their materialistic beliefs, were unable to understand his teachings and his explanation of God, and because they could not understand him they demanded his crucifixion. Their ignorance and bigotry, however, did not change the truth of Jesus' teachings, nor can all the ridicule and venom which is heaped upon Christian Science alter in the least the truth of its teachings.

Christian Science is primarily, fundamentally, and entirely Christian. It is the same religion which Jesus taught and practiced, and for the teaching and practice of which he was crucified by those who could not understand him. Christian Scientists accept the undivided garment of the Christ. They do not accept part of Jesus' commands and ignore part of them, but endeavor in all their words and acts to emulate the great Exemplar. The Christian Science teaching concerning God is exactly the same as that which Jesus taught. Christian Science does not make a single assertion concerning God for which it has not absolute Scriptural authority. It teaches that God is the one, self-existent and eternal Supreme Being, Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, the infinite intelligence or Mind; the only power and presence; the only cause or creator; the perfect and infinite All-in-all. If our critic, who claims to have set forth the "manifest absurdity of the Christian Science doctrine of God," has explained God in this way, he has "set forth" no absurdity; if he has not explained God in this way, he has not been accurate in his statements.

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