In your issue of November 2 a lecturer is quoted as...

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In your issue of November 2 a lecturer is quoted as having "tested" the Christian Science explanation of miracles and shown its "inanity." Now, this very Christian Science explanation has been the means of giving multitudes of people all over the world an intelligent understanding of the numerous incidents of a so-called miraculous nature recorded in the Bible,—incidents which had previously seemed to them incomprehensible, in many cases, indeed, unbelievable; and thus it can hardly be rightly described as inane, or void of intelligence.

In the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 591), Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, defines miracle thus: "Miracle. That which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly; a phenomenon of Science." In speaking of the works of healing and deliverance recorded in the Bible and usually called miracles or marvels, Mrs. Eddy has shown in all her writings that these deeds, though to human sense wonderful or miraculous, were signs of an understanding of spiritual law and obedience thereto, such as Jesus promised should "follow them that believe." They were not supernatural, but "divinely natural," and therefore not mysterious or incredible, but intelligible and comprehensible. It is quite evident from the gospels that Christ Jesus understood spiritual law in the highest degree, for his earthly career was one continuous demonstration of the power of Spirit over the flesh, or over the belief in the reality and power of matter or evil. He also taught his disciples or students this law, and showed them how to apply it in healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, casting out devils (evils), and raising the dead; and any one may read in the Acts of the Apostles the wonderful story of their successful practice. For about three hundred years the Christian Church continued to be characterized by its works of healing; and now, through Mrs. Eddy's rediscovery of the divine Principle of Jesus' teachings, the world is witnessing a return to primitive Christianity, including the healing of the sick. The Principle, rule, and practice of Christian Science are clearly stated in the Christian Science textbook, mentioned above; and any sincere seeker for Truth may learn, through the study of Science and Health, along with the Bible, how to heal sickness as well as sin.

The teaching of Christian Science is of inestimable value to the human race, for it comes with its healing message, declaring the omnipotence and omnipresence of divine Love, waking the dead,—those buried in materialism,—setting free those in bondage to sickness or sin, and proclaiming anew the gospel of "on earth peace, good will toward men." It knows no limitation of time or place, but says to each one, as to Moses at mount Horeb, "Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground." Christian Scientists are grateful beyond measure for the life of Christ Jesus, the great Way-shower, for the inspiration of his example, and for his demonstration that man is the son of God; and they are grateful to Mrs. Eddy for giving them a "key" to the Scriptures which illumines the teaching of Jesus and enables them, in the degree of their understanding, to follow in his footsteps and to prove by "signs following" that the age of miracles is still with us. On page 514 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy has written: "Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions' den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless. All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible. A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies. It supports Christian healing, and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus."

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