In objecting to Christian Science and the fact that Mrs. Eddy...

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In objecting to Christian Science and the fact that Mrs. Eddy is the Discoverer and Founder of this religion, a contributor to your paper states that "Mrs. Eddy discovered no truth not known to and practiced by Christ [Jesus] and the apostles." He further says that "Christian Science boldly denies the reality of sin and evil, and that man is lost," and for this reason he does not believe this religion is "the gospel of salvation from sin." Neither Mrs. Eddy nor any of her followers have claimed that she discovered a truth not known to Christ Jesus. They claim that much of the spiritual truth known to Christ Jesus, and demonstrated by him in healing the sick, cleansing the sinful, and raising the dead, became lost to mortals about three hundred years after the resurrection, and remained to be rediscovered by Mrs. Eddy by direct revelation from God. One could properly argue that our critic's language is in virtual agreement with the position of Christian Scientists on the point involved. However, Christian Scientists do not rely on argument alone, but rather on those works of which the Master said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also."

In strict accord with the Bible, Christian Science teaches that sin and evil were not created by God; hence, are devoid of reality and power. Logically, if God, good, alone is real and has power, then evil, the opposite of good, is unreal and powerless. Christian Scientists understand sin and evil to be but the false beliefs of mortals, whereby they hope to benefit by that which is unlike God. For instance, the dishonest individual labors under the delusion that he can benefit by dishonesty; but the honest individual knows the error of such illusion, and realizes that none can obtain such erroneous beliefs from a wholly good God. In addition to revealing to the world the truth regarding God and man, Mrs. Eddy also rendered the very important service of making known the truth about the errors by which mortals are deceived; and any sincere seeker may readily satisfy himself on the point by honestly subjecting his thinking to the rule she gives for distinguishing between good and evil, and for the overcoming of evil with good. The Bible tells us that man was made in the image and likeness of God; that "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good;" and that God's work was finished. Paul has written, "They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God." From this basis Christian Science contends that the real man is not lost, but that the thoughts and lives of mortals must become spiritualized in order to express their own real spiritual identities. Mrs. Eddy's life and works have definitely disposed of all questions regarding her fitness for religious leadership.

February 18, 1928

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