In an article appearing in your recent issue a clergyman...


In an article appearing in your recent issue a clergyman indulged in some unqualified condemnations of Christian Science, evidencing thereby a lack of knowledge of the religion he essayed to belittle. Hence brief space for the correction of some of its contents is respectfully requested. Jesus' daily accomplishments included the destruction of pain and suffering of every sort, by purely spiritual means. Reverently endeavoring to obey the Master's often repeated command to heal the sick and cast out all evil by the same process, Christian Scientists are proving that suffering, though at times severe to material thought, is not a stubborn reality, in the sense that God did not create it, nor ordain it. Though "all things were made by him," obviously God could not create a condition the direct opposite of His own nature—good. In fact the Bible records that God "saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." On this basis Christian Science is now bringing to well-nigh countless sufferers, through the prayer of spiritual understanding, cure for physical ills and limitations of every kind.

Christian Science does not delve "into the occult mysteries of life," but reveals to the spiritually receptive thought the realities of the one Life, God. Its teachings present a demonstrable Christianity, undoubtedly superior to mere theoretical dogma; and this practical religion is available to all who humbly and fervently seek truth righteously. Christian healing, based on an understanding of God, and man's spiritual relationship an sonship with his Maker, is unquestionably the highest ministry. This method was employed by Jesus and his followers, and is the basis of all genuine Christian Science practice. Nevertheless, Christian Scientists do not discount the work of humanitarians, but are grateful for the efforts of those engaged in an honest endeavor to allay the fear and sufferings of mankind. Christian Scientists also dispense charity, as the necessity arises, to those of any faith, mindful in so doing that Jesus said, "Do not your alms before men, to be seen of them." Christian Science is not, as our critic avers, "a philosophy of universal mush." Contrariwise, it is substantial to the point of meeting the universal crying need of humanity for that religion which really regenerates, heals, and binds up the broken-hearted. Therefore Christian Science is entitled to universal acceptance; and it is headed that way. Envy and bigotry cannot arrest its steady world-wide growth. In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 341, 342) Mrs. Eddy writes: "In Christian Science mere opinion is valueless. Proof is essential to a due estimate of this subject. . . . The facts are so absolute and numerous in support of Christian Science, that misrepresentation and denunciation cannot overthrow it. Paul alludes to 'doubtful disputation.' The hour has struck when proof and demonstration, instead of opinion and dogma, are summoned to the support of Christianity, 'making wise the simple.'"

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