Your view, expressed in a recent Spokesman, that Christian Science...

Eastlake Spokesman

Your view, expressed in a recent Spokesman, that Christian Science lecturers belittle other denominations and that the Christian Scientists are intolerant, manifestly is based on a misconception. Christian Science lecturers confine their statements to an exposition of their own religion. They attack no man's faith, philosophy, or hope; and in emphasizing the power and willingness of God, as revealed in Christian Science, to care for His children in all circumstances, they have no thought of belittling other faiths. You request me to name chapter and verse where our Saviour refers to an Adam-dream. All of Christ Jesus' teachings, from his significant statement, "The flesh profiteth nothing," to his admonition to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again," together with his sublime summary of the Sermon on the Mount, "Be ye therfore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," indicate clearly that the Saviour's mission was to awaken mortals from a false condition of sin, disease, and death—a condition certainly not imposed upon mankind by a just and loving God—to the eternal facts of being. "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."

You ask that we point out any given truth, distinctively Christian Science, based upon the words of the Master. Christian Science, being based on the same Bible which is the foundation of other Christian religions, lays no claim to the exclusive right of any portion of the Scriptures. While, undoubtedly, Christian Science encourages the practical acceptance of all of the Master's teachings, including his command to heal the sick, to a greater extent than some other religious denominations, still it is also true that since the coming of Christian Science several Christian denominations, as well as some Jewish rabbis, have been and still are seriously considering whether the healing of physical disease through spiritual means is not a proper part of their religious responsibility. In closing let me express my appreciation of your generous tribute to Christian Science and your acknowledgment of the good it is accomplishing in stressing spiritual values and the omnipresence of God.

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