It is not my purpose to enter into any controversy with...

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It is not my purpose to enter into any controversy with our critic. Because she questioned the reasoning of Mary Baker Eddy and her followers in a former letter, it seemed only just and right that your readers should be enlightened as to the truths of Christian Science. Our critic asserts that "mortal man has not always the spirit of God." But mortal man, whom God never made, is not the image and likeness of God: God is Life and Life cannot produce death. Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 276), "If God is admitted to be the only Mind and Life, there ceases to be any opportunity for sin and death."

Our critic contends that there must be a devil because we are admonished in the Scriptures to "resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Jesus, the Way-shower, came to show mankind how to resist and overcome all the wiles of the devil, evil; and he cast out all manner of evils and healed the sick. Mary Baker Eddy explains how this was done by Jesus, and may be done by all who seek first "the kingdom of God, and his righteousness." Jesus did not come to destroy that which God made, but, on the contrary, to eliminate from consciousness that which so-called mortal man held to be real. Mrs. Eddy says in "Unity of Good" (p. 8): "Everything is as real as you make it, and no more so. What you see, hear, feel, is a mode of consciousness, and can have no other reality than the sense you entertain of it." Shakespeare said, "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

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