My attention has been called to a report of certain evangelistic...

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My attention has been called to a report of certain evangelistic meetings as published in your paper. The item says that selections from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, were read by the evangelist and contrasted with Bible passages which they apparently contradicted. The evangelist was quoted as saying: "You cannot believe both these books. If one is true, the other must be false, for they absolutely contradict each other." Contradictions of the Bible are not to be found in Science and Health, which corroborates and explains the Bible, teaching mankind how to be "spiritually minded," which is "life and peace." On page 358 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy has written, "Christian Science, understood, coincides with the Scriptures, and sustains logically and demonstratively every point it presents."

We do not agree with the evangelist that "divine healing ceased with the apostles," because history records otherwise. For nearly three centuries after the ascension, divine healing continued. It was then lost and remained to be rediscovered by Mrs. Eddy and revealed through Christian Science. The statement is also made that this apostolic healing was perfectly consistent with medical science and the practice of medicine. Luke, who, the evangelist says, was a medical doctor, records the healing of a certain woman "which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any." Mark tells us that she "rather grew worse;" but when Jesus saw her he said to her, "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole." Surely the woman had no faith in medicine, but in the Christ. Nearly one thousand years before Christ Jesus, Naaman was healed by the prophet Elisha; and Moses, through his faith in God, healed himself of leprosy, proving the words of Peter, "God is no respecter of persons."

This letter is not written in any spirit of controversy, but in defense of Christian Science and the promise of the Galilean Prophet: "These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

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