In reply to a gentleman writing on Christian Science in...

Herald

In reply to a gentleman writing on Christian Science in your recent issue, let me say that reality in Christian Science means the manifestation of God, good, only. God being, as the Bible declares, infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, having made all that was made, and made it good, evil cannot be real, since it does not proceed from God, good. It must therefore be error, or a belief in the absence of God. This belief cannot be true, for omnipresence cannot be absent. To mortal sense, or the five physical senses, evil seems very real, but these same senses cannot give any evidence of God, Spirit. One cannot materially feel, see, hear, taste, or smell Spirit. When, through the study of the teachings of Christian Science, one begins to gain spiritual understanding, one awakens to the spiritual universe and comprehends the unreality of evil. The discernment of Christ, or Truth, brings the vision of the Apocalypse, in which "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world," is cast out. In a world which believes in evil, the Decalogue is most necessary. If the Decalogue were obeyed absolutely, evil would be unknown. Christ Jesus condensed the Commandments into two, than which, he said, there were none greater. The command to love God with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and one's neighbor as one's self, allows no time or place for belief in evil. Evil is false. It is unnecessary. It claims to act through ignorant and wrong thinking. Shakespeare's words, "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so," are very true. The only way to overcome evil is by right thinking. Christian Science is the Science of right, spiritual thinking. It enables one to gain the Mind which was in Christ Jesus and to think from his spiritual standpoint. He overcame evil in all its forms—sin, disease, lack, death—instantaneously. He knew its unreality, and proved it. He said that any one who believed on him should do these works also, and greater. Christian Scientists are striving to emulate his works by worshiping God "in spirit and in truth."

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