Before the critic can understand the Christian Science...

N. Middlesex Chronicle

Before the critic can understand the Christian Science point of view he must understand the difference between mortals and immortals. Christian Science teaches that mortals are the counterfeits of immortals. Jesus, in speaking of mortals, said, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do." He then goes on to show that the devil or evil is a negation, for he continues by saying that he "abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." Mortals, therefore, do not possess real, eternal existence; and this is why Jesus said, "Ye must be born again" (that is, of God, Spirit).

Man that is born of God is spiritual, eternal, immortal, the image and likeness of God. From this it will be seen why Christian Scientists deny mortal existence as a reality, with its sin, disease, and death, and declare the reality of the spiritual, immortal, and perfect. Paul refers to this when he says we must "put off the old man with his deeds [the mortal]; and ... put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." In this way Christian Scientists do deny the existence of the mortal, false sense of selfhood. John describes the new birth and its development very clearly as follows: "As many as received him [the Christ or spiritual idea], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, ... which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

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