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Jersey Observer

Your recent issue quotes the sayings of a clergyman at the Palisade Methodist Episcopal Church in Jersey City. Lest these statements cause an erroneous concept of Christian Science among your readers, kindly permit me to make brief comment. In referring to various cults, the clergyman implies that faith cure is the basis of Christian Science; but this is not so. Christian Science is in exact accord with the teachings of Christ Jesus, the Founder of Christianity. His system of healing and regeneration was discovered by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and in this connection in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," on page 110, she says: "In following these leadings of scientific revelation, the Bible was my only textbook. The Scriptures were illumined; reason and revelation were reconciled, and afterwards the truth of Christian Science was demonstrated."

This preacher states in mentioning Christian Science that "the grain of wheat in the bushel of chaff implied by that doctrine is the power of cheerfulness, suggestion, imagination, and hypnotism to throw off disease." The understanding of Christian Science does enable one to have a more cheerful outlook, but it should not be classified with suggestion, imagination, or hypnotism. These latter qualities are of the carnal mind, which is "enmity against God," as Paul states, and consequently do not throw off disease. Whereas, the understanding of the power and presence of God, the one divine Mind, as taught in Christian Science, does enable one to throw off disease. in this respect Christian Science might be likened to the "leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened." This minister also states that prayer for the sick is commendable, but that it should be combined with intelligent medical treatment.

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