In a series of lectures given in Richmond several statements...

Richmond (Ind.) Item

In a series of lectures given in Richmond several statements have been made pertaining to Christian Science which were at variance with its actual teachings and which would mislead your readers. These remarks indicate that the same material misinterpretation of the Bible that was taught and insisted upon by the accepted theology of Christ Jesus' time and which tried to thwart his teachings and regenerating work, is still manifested and believed in by theologians of today, and is bringing contradiction and confusion into human consciousness. Christian Science has revealed to mankind the true, accurate, demonstrable spiritual interpretation of the Scriptures, the same that Christ Jesus taught, which heals the sick and brings regeneration to the sinner.

The claim that Christian Science heals by the power of "continuous and persistent suggestion," and through "suggestion of the conscious to the subconscious mind," is wholly incorrect and not at all in conformity with the teachings of Christian Science as set forth in its textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and other authorized literature. It has been demonstrated repeatedly that human will is not only uncertain and changeable, but actually dangerous in its operation upon unsuspecting people. Christian Science healing is a definite, positive proof of the power and presence of God, divine Mind, and it is not in any sense dependent upon or influenced by human will power. This condition was discerned by Mrs. Eddy, and she proved beyond all question that it is the power of God that heals, and that the occult processes of the human mind are absolutely powerless to do good, and frequently hold people in the bondage of evil beliefs and influences. Realizing this, she has written in "Miscellaneous Writings" on page 118: "Human will must be subjugated. We cannot obey both God, good, and evil,—in other words, the material senses, false suggestions, self-will, selfish motives and human policy. We shall have no faith in evil when faith finds a resting-place and scientific understanding guides man. ... Self-ignorance, self-will, self-righteousness, lust, covetousness, envy, revenge, are foes to grace, peace, and progress; they must be met manfully and overcome, or they will uproot all happiness."

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