In reply to a writer in a recent issue, let me say that the...

Scottish Chronicle

In reply to a writer in a recent issue, let me say that the claims of Christian Science are not unfounded as he avers. They are being answered every day throughout the civilized world in precisely the way that they were answered by the Founder of Christianity some nineteen hundred years ago. When John the Baptist sent to Jesus to know if he were the Messiah or not, the reply he received was, "Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them." Our critic should remember that our Master twice gave a record of healing as the sign of true discipleship. The critic is a clergyman, therefore is no doubt endeavoring to fulfill the commands of Jesus. Do the "signs" follow him, however, which our Master said should follow "them that believe"?

Mrs. Eddy never claimed to be equal with or superior to Christ Jesus, as our critic says. Her own words on pages 74 and 75 of her book "Pulpit and Press" will best answer this statement: "A despatch is given me, calling for an interview to answer for myself, 'Am I the second Christ?' Even the question shocks me. What I am is for God to declare in His infinite mercy. As it is, I claim nothing more than what I am, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and the blessing it has been to mankind which eternity enfolds." And she adds: "There was, is, and never can be but one God, one Christ, one Jesus of Nazareth. Whoever in any age expresses most of the spirit of Truth and Love, the Principle of God's idea, has most of the spirit of Christ, of that Mind which was in Christ Jesus."

Our critic says, "Prayer in the Christian sense is practically abolished." Christian Science teaches one how to pray "without ceasing." Every case that has been healed, regenerated, or helped through Christian Science has been the result of earnest prayer. The clergyman has evidently gained his inaccurate information from Dr. Stephen Paget's book on Christian Science. A more unreliable book on the subject it would be difficult to obtain. Its statements have been refuted over and over again. Our critic acknowledges that he does not understand the Christian Science textbook. Then why attempt to criticize it? There are millions who do understand it and who have been healed of all manner of diseases and other discords by reading it in conjunction with the Bible. There is not a statement in this textbook that does not conform to the fundamental truth that God, Spirit, is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, and that man in God's likeness is spiritual, perfect, and eternal. This is certainly not "utter rubbish" to those who understand it and can prove its truth in the measure of their understanding by healing the sick and reforming the sinner.

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September 29, 1928

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