Christian Science is not a cult or system of religious rites...

Times

Christian Science is not a cult or system of religious rites and observances established by a human being. Mrs. Eddy would be the first to deny that the spiritual law which she discovered in the sacred pages of Holy Writ, and so often referred to therein, has any human origin. "No human pen nor tongue taught me the Science contained in this book, Science And Health; and neither tongue nor pen can overthrow it," she writes on page 110. It ought to be plain to all thinking people that "beautiful edifices designed by expert artists" are not the source of the inspiration that leads so many to Christian Science. Again, it cannot be the alleged "cult of the body more than of the spirit;" for Christian Science makes less of the human body than does any other teaching. It is in accord with Jesus' statement, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing." The obvious bodily improvement noticeable in invalids and others who have taken up the study of Christian Science is a direct result of living in accordance with spiritual law.

Mrs. Eddy gives credit to the Bible as being her sole guide in the discovery of Christian Science. In no particular is her textbook on the subject intended to take the place of the Bible; and the title she gave to it, embodying the words "with Key to the Scriptures," indicates its true nature. What her writings actually do, is to make a new book of the Bible, one that has already become of vital interest to millions of people who formerly had but a vague idea of its rich contents. The adherents of Christian Science come from all walks of life and every religious belief. The true reason for all this lies in the fact that Christian Science presents to the world a positive basis of unity as acceptable to all people, when understood, as the Golden Rule itself. Mrs. Eddy saw with unmistakable vision the good effect its teaching would have upon its students, and therefore she wrote in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 4), "A genuine Christian Scientist loves Protestant and Catholic, D. D. and M. D.,—loves all who love God, good; and he loves his enemies."

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