I feel sure that if your correspondent will read carefully...

South African Woman's Weekly

I feel sure that if your correspondent will read carefully the first chapter of Genesis, she will see that there is no mention made in this chapter of matter, with its usual attendants of sin, sickness, suffering, and death. So that the words, "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good," could not apply to a so-called material creation. Christian Scientists accept the first account of creation as the true one. This creation was spiritual and good. It began with light, but this light was not from the sun, moon, or stars, It was the revelation of God, the one perfect Mind, and His spiritual ideas, including man. "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." The allegory of the second chapter, on the other hand, shows material creation to be the outcome of mist or darkness: "There went up a mist from the earth." We all know how mist obscures our view and distorts objects; and out of this mist arose, in belief, a false concept of God and man. Christian Science corrects this misapprehension and reveals, once more, perfect God and perfect man—man not material but spiritual. Mary Baker Eddy says: "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 476, 477).

Christian Science practitioners do not "go about professing to heal that which is unreal." These practitioners usually stay in their own homes, or offices, seeing those who come to them for help, or visiting those who desire them to do so. They never treat cases unless called upon to do so; neither do they treat the body. They lift the thought of the patient away from the material body up to the spiritual idea of God, replacing thoughts of disease and fear with those of health and harmony. Many testimonies of healing, of both sickness and sin, are heard every Wednesday evening at the services held for this purpose, in every Christian Science church in the world. Testimonies are also published in the Christian Science Sentinel every week, and in The Christian Science Journal, Le Herant de Christian Science, and Der Herold der Christian Science, published monthly. In this way thousands of people are testifying to the good work done by the practitioners, and expressing gratitude for the revelation of Truth which has come to this age through Christian Science. Christ Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"—free from the false beliefs in sin, sickness, and death, which he destroyed, thus proving the unreality of evil.

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February 26, 1927

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