In your issue of recent date, containing a report of a...

Leeuwarder Courant

In your issue of recent date, containing a report of a public debating evening, there appears this passage: "Because we are standing in the broken life, we need Jesus. The question may arise, why not another one than Jesus, for instance, the Buddha, Christian Science, et cetera." To those unacquainted with Christian Science this passage must of necessity give the impression that its teachings form a kind of contrast to those of Christ Jesus. This conception being the very opposite of the truth, I beg you kindly to give place to a short correction. It is the desire of Christian Scientists to follow the teaching of Jesus in its original fullness,—for example, with the works and signs, including the healing of the sick. This demand is based, among others, on John 14:12: "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he doalso," and on Mark 16:17, 18: "And these signs shall follow them that believe."... These signs and works, among which the healing of the sick plays an important part, serve to prove the purity of the teaching, as well as the authority of its preacher. From this indispensable proof the other churches have deprived themselves by declaring the quoted passages to be meant only for the period in which Jesus lived.

Two of the tenets of Christian Science as given in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 497), read: "We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the Holy Ghost or divine Comforter; and man in God's image and likeness;" We acknowledge Jesus' atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man's unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death." Christian Scientists consider the way of Christ Jesus to be the only way which leads directly to the ultimate goal.

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