In your report, in a recent issue, of a sermon by a minister,...


In your report, in a recent issue, of a sermon by a minister, a reference is made to Christian Science which requires a brief correction. The minister is reported to have said in part: "There are some who say it does not matter what a man believes so long as he is sincere. That it is a matter of his own sincerity, and not of truth. Then if that is true it does not matter if he believes in Christian Science ... so long as he is sincere. But the more sincere a man is, the more important it is he should believe what is true, otherwise he will come to believe the truth of God is a lie."

This seems to suggest that Christian Science is not conforming absolutely to Truth. Whereas the fact is that in his confident reliance on the inspired Word of the Bible, the Christian Scientist is learning to believe and understand the truth more than ever before. He does not place sincerity before correct knowledge and understanding of God and of man's relation to God. But abiding conviction in the absoluteness of Truth and Love necessitates, and includes, sincerity in the application of, and conformance to, divine law. This confident assurance of God's healing and saving power is based on practical results commensurate with the "signs" which Christ Jesus said "shall follow them that believe." The fruitage of Christian Science includes many hundreds of thousands of cases of divine healing, not only of sickness and disease but also of sin. Faith in God as understood in Christian Science is that faith defined by Webster as "the recognition of spiritual realities ... as of paramount authority and supreme value." No opportunity for unbelief exists in such absolute reliance on God. It is of first importance that a man should believe only the truth; and a correct understanding of Truth and Love finds constant expression in brotherly kindness and Christian charity.

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