The very fact that Christian Science teaches the oneness...

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The very fact that Christian Science teaches the oneness and allness of Spirit and the nothingness of matter, affirms the eternality of Life, and denies the reality of sin, sickness, and death as a part of God's creation, establishes an impassable gulf between it and spiritualism. The whole structure of spiritualistic doctrine rests on the theory that matter and material personalities are real, and death an essential and indestructible part of man's experience; whereas, the Scriptures aver that death is an enemy to be destroyed. Jesus at no time acknowledged the reality of death, but invariably met and mastered this manifestation of mortal belief through his understanding that God is Life, and that therefore Life is spiritual, eternal, and indestructible. So important did Mrs. Eddy consider the necessity for making plain the distinction between Christian Science and spiritualism that she devoted an entire chapter to the subject in her major work, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," under the title, "Christian Science versus Spiritualism." Even a casual reading of this chapter is sufficient to convince any fair-minded critic that the teachings of Christian Science stand squarely against occultism in all its phases. On page 84 of the volume, and in the chapter just mentioned, occurs the following statement: "To understand that Mind is infinite, not bounded by corporeality, not dependent upon the ear and eye for sound or sight nor upon muscles and bones for locomotion, is a step towards the Mind-science by which we discern man's nature and existence. This true conception of being destroys the belief of spiritualism at its very inception, for without the concession of material personalities called spirits, spiritualism has no basis upon which to build."

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