The Christian Science church does not talk about its...

Belfast Witness

The Christian Science church does not talk about its charities, obeying the Master's injunction, "Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth;" but in justice to your readers who may be deceived by misleading remarks, I state with authority, and can give proof if necessary, that the Christian Science church has spent, and is spending, many thousands of pounds in comforts and food for Armenians, Russians, and those distressed in other countries. Without any disrespect for the unselfish and often heroic work done by the medical profession on behalf of suffering humanity, your correspondent will admit with me that even under medical treatment patients pass away; and just what proper medical treatment is, it is often difficult to know, for the saying is proverbial, "Doctors disagree." The Christian Science church is largely made up of those who had first tried medical treatment, and, failing to receive healing, then turned to Christian Science, sometimes even at the advice of their doctors, and through its teaching they have discovered that "the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save."

In conclusion, may I correct the assumption that Christian Science looks upon the healing of disease as the whole gospel. On page 150 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes: "To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demonstrated as an immanent, eternal Science, instead of a phenomenal exhibition. Its appearing is the coming anew of the gospel of 'on earth peace, good-will toward men.' This coming, as was promised by the Master, is for its establishment as a permanent dispensation among men; but the mission of Christian Science now, as in the time of its earlier demonstration, is not primarily one of physical healing. Now, as then, signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical healing of physical disease; but these signs are only to demonstrate its divine origin,—to attest the reality of the higher mission of the Christ-power to take away the sins of the world."

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