The attacks on Christian Science appearing in your recent...

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The attacks on Christian Science appearing in your recent issues indicate a great gulf between the spiritual teachings of Christian Science and the merely time-worn speculative theories propounded regarding the second coming of Christ and the atonement. This letter, offered for publication in your valued paper, is a brief explanation of the teachings of Christian Science in relation to the subjects mentioned. The reappearing of Christ cannot properly be considered apart from the relationship of Father and Son, and the at-one-ment of man with the Father, even the ever present infinite One, who, as the Bible teaches, is "a God at hand.... and not a God afar off." Likewise the declarations, "Before Abraham was, I am," and "Lo, I am with you alway," made by Jesus when referring to his spiritual nature, the Christ, cannot be passed by without due consideration. Christian Scientists, finding no authority in the Bible, either through reason or revelation, for making God manlike, worship Him, not as a corporeal being, but as infinite Spirit, Life, Truth, and Love. Such teachings point to Immanuel, or God with us always, manifested through His Son, one Christ. Christian Science is revealing to this age the real man as the spiritual image and likeness of his Maker, and is thus "healing all man ner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people." Thus is it demonstrated that the Christ is ever meeting the present need of mankind in sickness and in health, as the Christ did when the children of Israel were delivered from bondage, when Daniel was saved from the lions' jaws, and when Paul restored Eutychus to life.

No belief in the efficacy of human blood to redeem mankind and give eternal life can alter the fact that to know God aright, and man in His image and likeness, is the only way to full salvation. On one occasion the Master realized, when speaking of the saving power of the Christ, that his hearers believed that he indicated that human flesh and blood would redeem. The disciples were puzzled; so he quickly assured them by saying, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing." Speaking of Jesus on page 25 of her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes, "His true flesh and blood were his Life; and they truly eat his flesh and drink his blood, who partake of that divine Life."

November 26, 1927

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