A correspondent in a recent edition of your paper makes...

Het Vaderland

A correspondent in a recent edition of your paper makes some statements about Christian Science and its Founder which I should like to correct, both in the interest of the readers and for equity's sake. Christian Science was not "invented" by Mrs. Eddy, but was discovered by her. She fully accepted Jesus' command to heal the sick, and regarded healing as the corner stone of Christianity, because, according to Jesus' own statement, without "the works" there is no test whereby to recognize the true disciples. He that says, "Let the church be church but no clinic," thereby rejects the command of Jesus. Again, Christian Science states that it obeys all the commands of the Master and therefore is pure Christianity; and it calls itself Science because it demands scientific demonstration. The works are the only possible test of the purity of the teaching.

Christian Scientists not only do the works, but acknowledge and accept this as a religious duty. But to demand that they now come up to the level of Jesus is to expect a great deal. Mrs. Eddy made it clear that she did not claim equality with Christ Jesus, and said, "Follow your Leader only so far as she follows Christs" (Message to The Mother Church for 1901, p. 34). The critic offers no objection to the teachings of Christian Science, but shows a lack of understanding with regard to its healing, when he refers to it as coming about through will-power, because will-power is an obstacle to opening one's self to the healing influence of the divine will.

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