The vicar of Bungalow Town Church has felt it his duty...


The vicar of Bungalow Town Church has felt it his duty to warn his congregation against Christian Science, and, indeed, if Christian Science were what he believes it to be, he would be quite justified in doing so. He has, however, given out from his pulpit some misconceptions of the subject which we shall be glad if you will allow us to correct. He says, for instance, that Christian Science denies that Jesus was the Christ, and that it denies that his blood was shed upon the cross for the sins of men. Let us say that Christian Scientists believe and adhere faithfully to the teaching of the four gospels. They accept unreservedly Simon Peter's answer to Jesus' question: "Whom say ye that I am?" when he said: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." They believe that Jesus was crucified and that his unfailing fidelity to his true, imperishable identity as the Son of God, or Christ, won for him the victory over death, rolled away the stone from the sepulcher, and enabled him to walk and talk once more with his disciples.

Christian Scientists are gleaning from the life and works of Christ Jesus that which heretofore was to them obscure. Through the light which the textbook of Christian Science has thrown upon the Scriptures, they see with ever growing clearness that the mission of Jesus was to restore to humanity the comprehension of the nature of God and of man. By lifting thought above the present fallible, material concepts of life, and in accepting the fact that true sonship may be discerned spiritually here and now, Christian Scientists are true followers of the Saviour, and are proving through the healing of disease and sin that this truth is displacing false concepts, and enlightening, developing, and transforming human thinking and existence, in accordance with Jesus' promise: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." On pages 288 and 289 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy writes: "The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light."

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March 3, 1928

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