The reference made to Christian Science by a reverend...

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The reference made to Christian Science by a reverend doctor in your recent issue evidenced a complete lack of knowledge of the religion which he inferred is unchristian, ignores the cross, and teaches that Jesus did not suffer. The reverend gentleman's kindly and tolerant attitude to everything enlisted to promote good, and his intelligent grasp on many profound subjects, does not prepare one to find how utterly unfamiliar he apparently is with the fundamental teachings of Christian Science. Christian Science teaches that Jesus suffered for our sins, and drained his earthly cup of bitterness to the dregs on Calvary. Our religion does not even infer that Christ Jesus had "fallen into mortal error," but avers that the world's hatred of the truth he taught and lived was the exciting cause of the wicked crucifixion. In their sincere desire to follow the Master's teachings in deed as well as in word, Christian Scientists do have use for the cross, and take it up daily. They heal the sick and sorrowing, cast out sin of every sort, and preach Christ, Truth, to the poor—the humble and receptive thought.

Christian Science does not deny that sin obtains in human experience, though it does deny sin's reality in the sense that sin is created by or known to God. This is in accordance with Bible authority, which teaches that God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil," and cannot "look on iniquity." See also James 1:13–16. Christian Scientists, realizing that all evil must be overcome, know that salvation and refuge from the dire effects of sin are to be found nowhere except in a demonstrable understanding of God and His Christ, and that keeping the commandments in the spirit and in the letter is essential to the destruction and forgiveness of sin. By observing those who embrace and live the teachings of Christian Science it may be ascertained that they both believe and practice the truths taught by the Master, thus rightfully qualifying as Christians, not only according to the accepted definition of that term, but also in accordance with the standard set by Jesus: "Ye shall know them by their fruits." On page 450 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy has written: "The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good. Sickness to him is no less a temptation than is sin, and he heals them both by understanding God's power over them."

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July 9, 1927

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