Every one will agree with a recent correspondent of your...

Morecambe (England) Visitor

Every one will agree with a recent correspondent of your paper that the point at issue is the validity of Christian Science, as the true interpretation of Christianity. No one can overlook the fact that Jesus, the Founder of Christianity, laid down the one and only test in these words: "By their fruits ye shall know them." "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." When the works of healing which are being done through Christian Science are referred to as proof of its teaching, it is said by the correspondent that they are accomplished by mental therapy. When the same thing was said of Jesus, that he cast out devils by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils, he replied that he cast them out by the finger (power) of God. In Christian Science, it is the same power of God which is utilized by and enables its followers to heal the sick, when all other means (mental and physical) have failed.

It may surprise the critic that the commonly accepted interpretation of Christianity should be assailed, but what else can he expect when it does not conform to the teaching and practice of Jesus, which continued for nearly three centuries; but after Constantine made Christianity popular, the spiritual understanding of Jesus' teaching and the consequent ability to do the works were lost. Since that time stars have appeared in the firmament and illuminated the darkness somewhat; and they are acknowledged and appreciated. Luther, Wesley, and all reformers are given their rightful place in history. They have prepared thought for the full and final revelation of the truth, which Mrs. Eddy has given to the world in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." It is not claimed that God gave Mrs. Eddy a divine secret which He obscured from every one else! Christian Science teaches that God is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever—that He is impartial, and is forever giving to man what is needed. These good gifts, James says, come from the Father of lights, "with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning;" and Mrs. Eddy, through her purity and spiritual-mindedness perceived the truth about God and His creation, and took this great gift, which was always present for any one spiritually fitted to receive, and gave it to those who desire it, in her writings, which she amplified by class teaching.

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