Christian Science contradicts a great many of the popular...

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Christian Science contradicts a great many of the popular beliefs about matter, sin, disease, and death, but it bases all its claims on the Bible. "The text, 'Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die,' not only contradicts human systems," Mrs. Eddy says, "but points to the self-sustaining and eternal Truth" (Science and Health, p. 170). Instead of contradicting the Scriptures, Christian Science accepts the entire Word of God. The first Tenet of our church, as given on page 497 of Science and Health, declares that "as adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life."

All demonstrations in Christian Science are accomplished by fervent and sincere prayer. The first chapter of Science and Health is devoted to the subject of prayer. Critics say the Christian Science textbook teaches that prayer is only "pious meditation and right living." If the prayers of all Christian denominations consisted of nothing else than "pious meditation and right living," the peoples and nations of the world to-day would be living in complete unity and harmony, and we should have "on earth peace, good will toward men."

It is true that Christian Science is a religion without a personal God. Our God is a God without limitations; He is infinite, without beginning and without ending. He is omnipotent—that is, all-powerful; He is omnipresent—that is, ever present and everywhere; He is omniscient—that is, all-knowing, all-wise, all-Science. He is Life, Truth, and Love, the great I AM, who is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Should any one wish to worship a God less than this?

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January 26, 1924

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