While Christian Scientists have great respect for the motives...

Harrison Daily Times

While Christian Scientists have great respect for the motives and philanthropy of reputable physicians, who, no doubt, are doing much towards alleviating the sufferings of humanity, Christian Scientists do not, as an editorial in a recent issue of your paper would imply, find it necessary to collaborate with the medical profession in the practice of Christian Science. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has instituted and made effective all the various activities of her movement, among which may be found five thousand or more established practitioners throughout the United States and in foreign countries, rendered accessible through cards in The Christian Science Journal, the official organ of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1875, Mrs. Eddy gave to the world through her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the explanation of divine Principle and the rule of Christian healing, requiring neither drugs nor hygiene for the betterment of either mind or body, thus reinstating primitive Christianity, that Christianity which caused our Master's fame to spread "throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them."

It must be agreed that no stronger evidence of the renaissance of Christianity can be found than in the healing of sickness and the destruction of sin; and that these essential elements of the Christian religion, so apparent in the life-work and purpose of Christ Jesus, are again being demonstrated through Christian Science, we have abundant proof in the grateful testimony of thousands upon thousands of men and women healed of all manner of sickness and disease, cleansed from all forms of sin, and raised from the depths of sorrow and despair. On page 369 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes: "The prophylactic and therapeutic (that is, the preventive and curative) arts belong emphatically to Christian Science, as would be readily seen, if psychology, or the Science of Spirit, God, was understood. Unscientific methods are finding their dead level. Limited to matter by their own law, what have they of the advantages of Mind and immortality?"

Christian Scientists have no disposition to impose their religious views on any one, but they have a message for all mankind, a message full of loving promise, steadfast hope, and sweet assurance, best expressed in the words of him who spake: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Including universal humanity in the scope of its benedictions, Christian Science gently whispers to one and all: "The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."

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December 9, 1922

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