I have read with much interest the letters of "Truth Seeker"...

Weston-Super-Mare Gazette

I have read with much interest the letters of "Truth Seeker" and of a clergyman, in your recent issues. As the Christian Science concept of God is referred to, I should be glad if you would allow me space for the following comment. The Christian Scientist certainly does not conceive of God as a person, if by this is meant a magnified human being; rather does he understand God to be the infinite, ever present divine Mind, the all-embracing divine Love. In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, states concisely (p. 269): "Human philosophy has made God manlike. Christian Science makes man Godlike." Humanity is slow to outgrow its concept of God as a being humanly circumscribed; therefore the innate longing to know God as He really is, remains unsatisfied, and humanity for the most part still echoes the cry of Job: "Oh that I knew where I might find him!" This, in spite of the teaching of Christ Jesus that "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth;" and that of the Apostle John that "God is love"! This entirely spiritual concept of God is reiterated by Mrs. Eddy in the above-mentioned textbook in answer to the question, "What is God?" She writes, "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love" (p. 465); also (ibid., p. 331): "God is individual, incorporeal. He is divine Principle, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and there is no other self-existence. He is all-inclusive, and is reflected by all that is real and eternal and by nothing else. He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality expect as infinite Spirit or Mind." This spiritual understanding of God, in harmony with the Bible, makes Him ever available to meet the needs of mankind; and thousands of Christian Scientists are to-day proving the correctness of their concept of God according to the test established by Christ Jesus—by healing all manner of sickness and sin.

Christian Scientists agree with the clergyman that little or no good is to be gained by entering into a public debate. All who are sufficiently interested are recommended to read for themselves the textbook, which may be borrowed free of charge from any Christian Science Reading Room, or from public libraries. Christian Scientists do not take part in public without the consent of the Board of Directors of The Mother Church.

Letters from the Field
February 18, 1928

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