In reply to a critic writing in a recent issue of your paper...

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In reply to a critic writing in a recent issue of your paper I may say that mortal mind is a false belief in a supposed intelligence apart from God, the infinite Mind. Mortal mind has never entered the immortal man, as our critic avers. The Christ is to-day reappearing as the spiritual idea revealed through Christian Science, and is being recognized in all the civilized parts of the world by those who are "prepared to receive Christ, Truth" (Science and Health, p. 333).

The material and finite sense of creation is a false sense of creation, which is cognized only by the so-called mortal or human mind. As we are told by Paul, "The things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen [but are discerned by spiritual understanding] are eternal." In the first chapter of Mark's gospel we are told, "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Surely, the gospel of the kingdom of God must be the fundamental truth of Christianity. It is this gospel that Christian Science is preaching to-day; and its fruits are the healing of the sick and the reforming of the sinner, corresponding exactly to the fruits which followed the original preaching of this gospel by our Master and his disciples. The critic does not seem to realize that the spiritual idea of God is very much more substantial and real than any physical personality can ever be. The world is beginning to awake to the fact that the ideas of the divine Mind are eternal and substantial, whereas the objects of material sense are finite and temporal. Take, for instance, the simple example that two and two make four. This may be represented in chalk on a blackboard, or by other material forms or symbols. The symbols can be wiped out at any moment, but the eternal idea remains omnipresent and indestructible. Immortal man always reflects the intelligence of the divine Mind; the mortal, or counterfeit, expresses, in belief, the nonintelligence of the carnal mind.

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