My attention has been called to a report in your columns...

Taranaki Daily News

My attention has been called to a report in your columns of July 25 of the criticism of various religions, among them Christian Science. While gratefully recognizing the desire to be fair, and to give others credit where he believes it due, I would be grateful for space in your paper to answer some of the points raised by the reverend gentleman.

It is one of the rules of Christian Science never to attack the beliefs of any other body of religionists, but Christian Scientists are always glad and ready to give the reason for the hope that is in them. As Jesus joyfully knew, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing." So Christian Science to-day reaffirms this truth; but the teaching of Christian Science as to the unreality of matter is a stumblingblock to the human so-called mind now, just as it was nineteen centuries ago. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, it is written (p. 71): "Nothing is real and eternal, —nothing is Spirit, —but God and His idea. Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense."

When one who is unfamiliar with the rules of mathematics finds that he obtains wrong results, he does not affirm that these answers are true or correct; instead, he sets to work to learn more about the rules. In the same way, when we come to Christian Science our work is to learn more of the true nature of God, the divine Principle of all being; and we find we learn that thus our errors are corrected, and our problems solved. Christian Scientists recognize that to human sense matter seems real, yet they do realize that the man of God's creating is not material, but is made in the image and likeness of God, "born, not of blook, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." This truth heals the sick, reforms the sinner, comforts the sorrowing. All we ask, therefore, is to be judged, as Christ Jesus said we should be judged, by our fruits.

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