In reference to my quotation from the first chapter of...

Isle of Wight Mercury

In reference to my quotation from the first chapter of Genesis, to justify the Christian Science teaching of the unreality of disease, I may say that this chapter contains all that is required. It describes God's perfect creation, including the grass and herbs and trees as well as man; and the first verse of the second chapter reads, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them;" and God rested from His completed work. The fact that sin, disease, and death were not introduced into God's universe is very strong evidence that He did not make them, and therefore that they are not real. Your correspondent refers to the succeeding chapters, where sin, disease, and death seem to flourish; and certainly the history which follows calls for very close attention, though it does not cancel God's perfect spiritual creation, nor fill with evil what had once been very good, as the letter in question would have us believe. Christian Science does not ignore the history of evil, but shows how everything unlike God must be overcome. An earnest student of the Bible naturally inquires why a second account of the creation is given, differing so strikingly from the first account. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 547) Mrs. Eddy writes: "The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained." And she elucidates this subject, showing that the spiritual and true record is followed by a material view of creation (see Science and Health, p. 521). This material view of God and the universe is introduced by the words, "But there went up a mist from the earth" (Genesis 2:6); and at the same time, the word "God" disappears, and a different creator seems to appear—the "Lord God." It is well known that mists (especially mental mists or mystification) will hide things that are present, and make people believe that they see things which do not appear. In the succeeding chapters, even God, though omnipresent, seems blotted out of human thought, and mankind sees only its own material view, the Lord God or Jehovah of Jewish tribal worship. This indicates the unreality of the whole Adamic race, as distinct from the true man of God's creating, and exposes the necessity for the final destruction of everything which opposes itself to God, Spirit.

Some readers may be satisfied with this brief review of a mighty subject, but there are those who want much more; and I would ask them to read the Bible with Science and Health. This book is the textbook of Christian Science, written by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.

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