It was a pleasure to see in a recent issue an appreciative...

It was a pleasure to see in a recent issue an appreciative paragraph concerning Christian Science under "Topical Notes of Local Interest." May I refer to two remarks by which possibly a false impression of the teachings of this Science may be conveyed to those who wish to know the truth? The writer speaks of the "faith cures" received by Christian Scientists. The term "faith cure," as commonly accepted, does not explain the healings of Christian Science. Faith in that sense is merely blind belief without the understanding of God, and may, through ignorance, sometimes be founded on that which is not good. Science, on the other hand, according to Webster, is "knowledge, as of ... facts;" and Christian Science is that knowledge of truth to which Christ Jesus referred when he said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." On page 23 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes: "Faith, if it be mere belief, is as a pendulum swinging between nothing and something, having no fixity. Faith, advanced to spiritual understanding, is the evidence gained from Spirit, which rebukes sin of every kind and establishes the claims of God."

The article in question also speaks of "the coupling of the name of the Deity with that of Mrs. Eddy." This is not a correct statement in regard to the testimonies at the weekly testimony meetings. Every one who testifies to benefits received is rightly desirous of expressing gratitude to those who have brought the blessing to him. Such testimonies often express gratitude first to God, the one source of all good, then to Christ Jesus, the Way-shower, and thirdly to Mrs. Eddy, who in our own day received the revelation of God, and who devoted her life to the work of giving this truth to mankind, thus meriting the gratitude of those who receive healing of any kind.

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November 15, 1924

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