I am not a Christian Scientist.
If the lecture of the speaker in question had been as it was reported to be, a summary of the doctrines of his church, I would make no comment.
The teaching and the methods of the hypnotist, the suggestionist, and so on, and the teaching and methods of the Christian Scientist are wholly antipodal.
Everywhere are found despairing seekers who are hungering after the great peace which was proclaimed centuries ago in the words, "On earth peace, good will toward men;" but the many thousands who have found that peace through Christian Science are no more counted among the despairing and unhappy.
The teaching of Christian Science recognizes that human experience includes sin, disease, and death; but it also recognizes that these errors do not proceed from God, good.
An erroneous concept of Christian Science is shown in the statement, which appeared in a sermon in a recent issue of your paper, that the human mind.
Christian Science teaches that since there is but one God, there can be but one Mind and that one infinite, even that Mind which, as the Apostle Paul tells us, "was also in Christ Jesus;" and it further holds that it is the purifying and curative power of this Mind, and not corporeal will, which operates in human consciousness to correct false material beliefs and heal disease.
Of man spiritually conceived and born, John writes thus: "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
No one who has learned even a modicum of Christian Science can make the mistake of supposing that autosuggestion has any place or part in it.
When Christ Jesus, in rebuking the disciples who would have kept the little ones away from him, said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God," it seems reasonable to conclude that he spoke in recognition of the mental attributes of childhood,—purity, truthfulness, and simple faith.
One does not practice Christian Science long until he is firmly convinced that a realization of the truth of being invariably demonstrates that truth.
To become a valuable member of any organization is always to assume a certain responsibility, since membership means the agreement not only to sustain and support the object for which the organization is formed, but also to enter, willingly and whole-heartedly, into active work for the advancement of all its varied purposes and aims.
When, in late May, 1918, I set sail from San Francisco in command of the schooner Ethel Zane, I had been in Christian Science several years; therefore, in the cabin, among my charts and nautical instruments, were the Bible, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and "Miscellaneous Writings," also by Mrs.
Christian Science came into my life between seven and eight years ago; and I immediately began to get help through it out of difficult conditions.
About five years ago, I found the "pearl of great price;" and I can truthfully say it has been our only physician since that time.
Christian Science has entirely changed my outlook on life; it is setting me free mentally from false beliefs; and I am daily learning more about God, good, which brings a sense of joy and happiness I had no conception of before coming into Christian Science.
In 1916 I had a very serious illness.
When I came to Christian Science, about six years ago, I was a sufferer from bronchial asthma.
Since coming into Christian Science I have been healed of many ills and fears.
Christian Science came into my life, as a ray of healing light, at a time when I was filled with sorrow.
About sixteen years ago, while a young girl in Toronto, I had a bad fall while skating.
In grateful recognition of countless blessings I offer this acknowledgment of my debt to Christian Science.
I should like to express my gratitude for all that Christian Science has done for me.
The only joy that we can feel,Is that of loving, knowing good;The only heaven we can find,Is God, our Father, understood.
[From Collier's, New York, N.
The contract for the publication and sale of the Works of Mary Baker Eddy, entered into between the Trustees under the Will of Mary Baker Eddy and The Christian Science Publishing Society in October, 1917, was rescinded by mutual agreement on June 15, 1922.