Please allow me space in order that I may make a few...


Please allow me space in order that I may make a few comments in regard to the ex-rabbi's repudiation of Christian Science, published in a recent issue of your paper. He states that he studied Christian Science and afterwards became First Reader in First Church of Christ, Scientist, Dayton, Ohio, but that he became dissatisfied with this religion because a practitioner told him that she had never healed a case of disease.

Inasmuch as a registered Christian Science practitioner is required to submit certified testimonies of healing before being allowed to advertise as such, there can be no foundation in the claim of one who, though calling himself a Christian Science practitioner, has failed utterly to meet the requirements. Our Master said for our comfort, "All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." The sick and the sinning, through faith in the Christ, can be lifted out of pain and bondage. If such proofs of healing had come to the speaker he could hardly have been swayed by the remarks of one whom he should have known was not a genuine Christian Scientist, any more than one who had successfully worked out a problem in mathematics would accept the statement, by one who was incapable of solving it, that the solution could not be obtained.

Christian Science is preaching the gospel and healing the sick, thereby fulfilling the prophecy, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; ... and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." When the Christian churches add to their preaching the fruit of healing as well, there will be less criticism of fellow-workers in God's vineyard, and more unity. In several churches this awakening has already begun, as is evidenced by the introduction of healing through prayer as a vital part of Christian ministry. Christian Scientists rejoice that through the consecrated life of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, the "signs following" of primitive Christianity have been restored to this age. The speaker refers to the teaching of Christian Science as touching the blood of Jesus. Mrs. Eddy expresses her conviction in regard to this subject in the following statements (No and Yes, p. 34): "The blood of Christ speaketh better things than that of Abel. The real atonement—so infinitely beyond the heathen conception that God requires human blood to propitiate His justice and bring His mercy—needs to be understood." And she adds, "Love bruised and bleeding, yet mounting to the throne of glory in purity and peace, over the steps of uplifted humanity,—this is the deep significance of the blood of Christ."

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June 11, 1927

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