"Churchgoer," in your recent issue, questions a passage...


"Churchgoer," in your recent issue, questions a passage appearing in The Christian Science Journal of March, 1926, in an article entitled "The Burden of Proof," which he quotes as follows: "The appearance of any form of mental or physical disease, whether the individual knows it or not, is unmistakable proof of the supposititious presence in human consciousness of some antecedent misconception, the only permanent remedy for which is the truth." Christian Science teaches that the antecedent misconception which all humanity is suffering the consequence of, is that misconception of creation which is first mentioned in the second chapter of Genesis: "But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground." In this mist the supposition arose that "the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground." This mist, or misconception, claims to reverse the divine, eternal fact of creation, as stated in the first chapter of Genesis, that man was made in the image and likeness of God. It was not until Christ Jesus came to the world that the fallacy of a material concept of creation as genuine was exposed, and man's rightful being as the son of God was revealed by the Saviour as a permanent remedy for the sufferings which inevitably result from a misconception of creation.

"How is this permanent remedy to be administered to a child suffering from tuberculosis?" our critic asks. Little children in Christian Science are taught, first and foremost, in the simplest language, of the God who is Love, who is always present, always good, and who sends no evil upon His children. These little ones grasp the fact of a loving Father quicker than many of their elders, who have been educated to believe that God sends sin, disease, and death, and that these evils are part of the divine plan. A mother who is a Christian Scientist heals her child with the understanding she has gained through Christian Science of those words of the Master, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The truth which Jesus knew, and which healed disease and sin and raised the dead, was the fundamental fact that God creates man in His own image; and as this fact is recongnized, this true, original conception of being displaces from human consciousness all that afflicts. It is, as Paul says, to "put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." Anyone who reads the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, from cover to cover, will find that Christian Science has revealed once more that lost element of Christianity, the healing power of the Christ, Truth. It throws a light on the Scriptures, and brings forth its spiritual treasures. It teaches that when God's idea, man, is discerned, as Jesus discerned it, this true discernment will banish the sufferings arising from a misconception of man, and will usher in the reign of Christ on earth.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.