In reply to a letter in a recent issue, please permit me...

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In reply to a letter in a recent issue, please permit me to say that my former communication, to which your critic makes reference, was written not with the idea of entering into a controversy, but simply to set your readers right respecting the teachings of Christian Science. To the man at the pool of Bethesda Jesus said, "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." It should be noted that the man had suffered from "an infirmity thirty and eight years," and yet the Master said to him, "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee," indicating that it was a form of sin that occasioned the disease. So, in proportion as mortals cease sinning, cease thinking wrong thoughts and begin to think right thoughts, they will be free, as Jesus promised when he said to his followers, "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." Thinking, doing, or acting, not in accord with Jesus' teaching is sin. Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 339), "Only those, who repent of sin and forsake the unreal, can fully understand the unreality of evil." From this it will be seen that Christian Science teaching is in accord with the instructions of the Master, Christ Jesus. Our critic contends that Christian Science is "not in itself a substitute for medical or spiritual attention;" nor is it "mind science which can make the human mind replace irreparable body damage due to ravages of disease and infection or due to violent accident." Please be informed that Christian Science does not teach that the action of the so-called human mind does the healing, but it does teach, as Jesus himself proved, that the divine Mind alone does the work; for he healed the sick, raised the dead, walked on the water, and the fed multitude on just this basis, and contrary to material ways and means.

Even physicians themselves are acknowledging that Christian Science is doing what drugs and other material means are unable to do. For instance, Dr. Charles Hunter, of Winnipeg, associate professor of clinical medicine in the University of Manitoba, said: "Christian Science has helped many persons suffering from diseases which, to the medical practitioner, had defied diagnosis. This I attribute to a 'peace of mind' which the medical man too often fails to impart as the result of not looking at the case from a psychic angle. Christian Science, furthermore, has brought relief to individuals who were victims of some organic disorder, proving that psychotherapy was not solely confined to functional disease." The thousands of persons who to-day testify of the healing of disease that material means have been unable to cope with, is ample proof that Christian Science is accomplishing for humanity far greater benefits than mortal man has been able to bring about. Mrs. Eddy says in the Preface to the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. vii), "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings."

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