Your contributor, writing under the healing, "The Potter...


Your contributor, writing under the healing, "The Potter and the Clay," quotes, in a recent issue of your paper, from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, but refrains from mentioning the name of the book, as he says, "for fear of hurting the tender sensibilities" of those who have adopted its interpretation of the Bible as a guide in their daily lives. He need have had no such hesitancy, for the followers of Christian Science have proved to their own satisfaction the truth of those teachings by their efficacy in relieving the unhappiness, both mental and physical, which was their common experience before they became acquainted with this religious system. And being themselves satisfied, they are above being offended because one who has not himself personally experienced the benefits of Christian Science, feels impelled to ridicule its teachings. They are patient with anyone in his ignorance of the treasure Mrs. Eddy has given to the world in this great book and her other writings; for they recall that only a few years ago they, too, perhaps ridiculed as he does, but in some extremity of human suffering were led to make a study of the teachings of Christian Science. Their general experience has been that this study has produced a greater love for, and understanding of, the Bible; has relieved their anguish; and has made them acquainted with the loving heavenly Father, who does not afflict His children, but is "a very present help in trouble," and "who healeth all thy diseases."

They have proved to their own satisfication that the Christian Science textbook is in strict with the Bible; and being themselves satisfied, they do not feel aggrieved at any tendency to oppose its teachings, but regret that some friend does not yet appreciate the good Christian Science is doing. They believe that Mrs. Eddy was correct when she wrote, "I know that no Christian can or does understand this Science and not love it" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 151). Very many of the adherents of Christian Science have proved in their own experience that the study of Science and Health has freed them from vari ous ailments of long standing. The final chapter of the later editions of this book is made up of carefully verified letters from many persons, in many parts of the world, who have been healed and reformed solely through studying its pages. Christian Science does not need to be apologized for. The world, quite generally, recognizes it as a very great healing and reformative agency; and the lives of its adherents are the best testimony in its behalf. The Master said, "By their fruits ye shall know them."

"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy is to be found in a great many public libraries; and one interested in Christian Science has the privilege of deciding for himself as to its teachings, and has the opportunity of proving for himself whether Mrs. Eddy was correct in saying that the study of this book will heal, thus verifying in his own experience the testimony of the many who have declared that they have experienced healing solely through its study. The thinking world to-day quite generally admits that Christian Science is a thoroughly wholesome influence in the lives of its adherents, for Christian Science teaches a way of thinking and living that finds its chief inspiration, as well as its complete proof, in the teaching and example of the master Christian, Christ Jesus.

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January 28, 1928

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