A critic makes various reflections based on the somewhat...


A critic makes various reflections based on the somewhat superficial philosophy of life that everything which men undertake may be traced back to the desire to make life more interesting. In this connection he also mentions Christian Science, which he classes with spiritualism and "other such things;" and he explains that Christian Science comes from humanity's desire "to use and utilize its imagination, to make life more interesting." Christian Science, however, is not a human invention. It is built wholly on the Bible, and as Peter says in his second epistle: "We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty." Christianity is founded on an exact knowledge of God, of the absolute and eternal Truth. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes on page 313 in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause." And on page 473: "Jesus established what he said by demonstration, thus making his acts of higher importance than his words. He proved what he taught. This is the Science of Christianity."

The critic also suggests that Christian Science is among the things "which one daily sees recommended as something that no doubt will bring health, wealth, and so forth, things which we know are not so." Christian Science promises exactly the same as the Bible promises, and it holds that these promises may be fulfilled here and now. It maintains that health and useful work with a reasonable subsistence are normal and natural for everybody; but it also makes the same demand that Jesus made, namely, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

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September 13, 1924

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