Repeated misstatements about Christian Science from a...

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Repeated misstatements about Christian Science from a pulpit in your city impel request for space in your valuable columns for correction. The Gospels clearly establish the fact that Jesus never criticized except to denounce reliance on mere doctrine and profession, rather than on genuine spiritual regeneration and "signs following" as the indication of one's religious experience.

Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, said, "Mrs. Eddy should have the respect, admiration, and love of the whole Nation, for she is its greatest woman." She also said that the regarded Mrs. Eddy as "the one person, regardless of sex, living to-day, who has done the greatest good for her fellow-creatures." Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) also made the following observations, as recorded by his biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine: "Christian Science is humanity's boon;" and, referring to Mrs. Eddy, "She is the benefactor of the age." It is apparent that Mrs. Clements in later life had on more mature investigation changed the views which were unfortunately set forth in one of his earlier writings. Our critic is further reported as stating that he believes in divine healing, but not in mental healing. If by "mental healing" he means the influence of one human mind on another, or suggestion, or in fact the influence of any so-called mind other than the one divine Mind, God, then he will find Christian Science in hearty accord with him. However, his further statements indicate that his view of divine healing is one of faith merely, without understanding. Christian Science differs from the view that mere blind belief, without change of "heart," can accomplish spiritual healing. The Bible abounds with such statements as the following: As a man "thinketh in his heart, so is he;" "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind;" "To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace;" and, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." How, in the face of these, can one justify the assertion that there can be complete healing except through the spiritually mental regeneration which Jesus indicated when he said, "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee"?

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