Because a professor classified Christian Science with...

Macon Telegraph

Because a professor classified Christian Science with new-thought and mental science in an article in your recent issue, he misstated, though not unkindly, the teachings of Christian Science. Obviously, the reason the professor thus mistakenly classifies Christian Science arises from his failure to discriminate between concentration of human thought or will on that which it humanly deems desirable, and spiritual consecration of thought and desire that God's will may be done, as demanded by the teachings of Christian Science, this demand being a prerequisite to an understanding of the true nature of God and His Christ, as revealed and demonstrated by Christ Jesus. According to Christian Science, effectual prayer must include something of what the Bible teaches regarding God's allness, and an understanding that He governs all, not partially, but completely and perfectly. There must also be the recognition that evil exists not as a reality, not as made by or countenanced by God, but as false belief, which a knowledge of Truth destroys because it is not of the Father.

The teachings of the Nazarene, rightly understood, distinctly emphasize his life-work rather than his death. In fact, his paramount achievement was his victory over death and the grave. That victory inculcates a vital hope in those who understand his life-work, and who strive humbly to follow him in deed and in truth. It points the way which all mankind may traverse to an overcoming of sin, sorrow, sickness, and limitation of every kind. The Christ, Truth, ever comes to a sin-sick and weary world to give it life. Hence the immortal words of Christ Jesus: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

Christian Science, then, contrary to your writer, fully recognizes Christ as "the way, the truth, and the life." Furthermore, its adherents heal the sick and cast out evils in the name of and by the law of Christ, Truth. Christian Science has restored to this age the undivided garment of Christ—the one Christ—and affirms that Christianity today, under whatever banner, must be measured by its power to overcome, not only sin, but likewise fear, sorrow, hatred, sickness, and all that is spiritually restrictive and ungodly. Christian Science does point the way to Christ Jesus, the way to emulate him in all his ways and works; it leads "into all truth." Thus Christian Scientists, by bringing forth in some measure the fruits of Truth and Love, have occasion to know that the Comforter has come. Of this Comforter Mary Baker Eddy writes on page 127 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "Science is an emanation of divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual, and not a material origin. It is a divine utterance,—the Comforter which leadeth into all truth."

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