In a recent issue of your paper, a clergyman asserts that...

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In a recent issue of your paper, a clergyman asserts that Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has "concocted a Christless, crossless, bloodless gospel." In the face of the fact that Christian Science is healing and delivering humanity from all kinds of sickness and sin through its compassionate and Christlike ministrations, and of the public's knowledge of its accomplishments, it ill becomes a minister of the gospel to make such an unwarranted and untrue accusation against either Christian Science or Mrs. Eddy. Instead of being "Christless," Christian Science is the Christ-teaching which heals both sickness and sin by the Christ-method, just as Christ Jesus himself did and commanded that his followers should do. How can a religion demonstrating the Christ, Truth, be Christless? One of the tenets of Christian Science, found on page 497 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," reads as follows: "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."

Instead of being a "crossless" gospel, Christian Science is giving humanity a better understanding of the significance of the cross, and of the necessity for each of us to bear our own cross as Christ Jesus himself bore his. The material cross which our great Master bore up the hill of Calvary, and upon which he was crucified, was not the cross which saves us. His cross was the world's contempt, hatred, scorn, and rejection of the healing, saving truth, which he labored so patiently and tenderly to establish in the heart and consciousness of mankind. This cross the Master bore with humility, compassion, forgiveness, and love. On pages 33 and 34 of the Christian Science textbook Mrs. Eddy says: "Are all who eat bread and drink wine in memory of Jesus willing truly to drink his cup, take his cross, and leave all for the Christ-principle? Then why ascribe this inspiration to a dead rite, instead of showing, by casting out error and making the body 'holy, acceptable unto God,' that Truth has come to the understanding?" Instead of being a "bloodless" gospel, Christian Science teaches that "the spiritual essence of blood is sacrifice" (Science and Health, p. 25). And he only truly eats the Master's flesh and drinks of his blood who, following in his footsteps, forsakes all for Christ, Truth. Christ Jesus gave his human sense of life on the cross for the sake of mankind. A greater sacrifice he could not have made. Thus his blood was shed for the remission or abatement of our sins. On page 35 of her book entitled "No and Yes," Mrs. Eddy says: "This blood of Jesus is everything to human hope and faith. Without it, how poor the precedents of Christianity!"

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