A sermon published in your paper has not properly...

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A sermon published in your paper has not properly stated the teachings of Christian Science on the subject of "the virgin birth." On page 29 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the Christian Science textbook, Mrs. Eddy writes: "Those instructed in Christian Science have reached the glorious perception that God is the only author of man. The Virgin-mother conceived this idea of God, and gave to her ideal the name of Jesus—that is, Joshua, or Saviour. The illumination of Mary's spiritual sense put to silence material law and its order of generation, and brought forth her child by the revelation of Truth, demonstrating God as the Father of men. The Holy Ghost, or divine Spirit, overshadowed the pure sense of the Virginmother with the full recognition that being is Spirit. The Christ dwelt forever an idea in the bosom of God, the divine Principle of the man Jesus, and woman perceived this spiritual idea, though at first faintly developed." Christian Science plainly teaches that Christ Jesus was conceived and brought forth even as the Bible teaches; and that this wonderful event demonstrated the fatherhood of God.

With reference to the charge that Christian Science teaches that Christ Jesus is not God, I refer your readers to John 9:35 and 37, where Jesus plainly refers to himself as the Son of God; also, to John 17:1; to Ephesians 4:13; and to I John 3:8.

Mrs. Eddy has never maintained "that her revelation is 'higher, clearer, and more permanent' than that given by the apostles themselves." She claimed nothing more than that she was the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. The value of this Science can best be judged by what it has done and is doing. Her loyal followers all over the world are being enabled to prove that the Bible contains the Word of God, and that this knowledge can be understood and practiced by all who are willing and ready to seek first the kingdom of God, the understanding and consciousness of divine good.

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