An evangelist is quoted in your paper as saying, "Some...

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An evangelist is quoted in your paper as saying, "Some say hell is a state of mind. I don't believe that because the Christian Scientist says there is no pain; it is all in the state of mind. I know when my finger hurts; and I know it is not a state of mind, it's real unpleasant experience."

It is true Christian Scientists emphatically declare that both heaven and hell are states of mind; they have Biblical authority for saying so, for Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;" and David made it plain that when the sorrows of hell compassed him about, in his distress he "called upon the Lord" and cried unto his God and was delivered. Mary Baker Eddy has written in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," on page 266, "The sinner makes his own hell by doing evil, and the saint his own heaven by doing right." The three Hebrew captives, through their faith in the omnipresence and omnipotence of God, were able to nullify the action of the flames when cast into the Babylonian furnace; thus proving pain to be a mental state.

We learn in Christian Science not to depend upon the evidence of the deceitful material senses, but to know that the correct understanding of God and man's right relation to Him restores harmony. It is not a difficult task to refute the testimony of the material senses, although one may have been educated from childhood to accept their false evidence. The use of an opiate proves that what is called sensation in matter is really the testimony of mortal mind, because it has been proved that the body suffers only in belief. The fact that Christian Science denies sensation to be in matter has caused many thousands to turn to Christian Science for healing, and to accept the truth in Holy Writ that God created man in His image and likeness. Sensation in the body would not appear, if the error of belief that there is mind in matter were met and destroyed by truth.

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