An unfair reference to Christian Science in your recent...


An unfair reference to Christian Science in your recent issue, appearing under the caption "In My Opinion," necessitates a request that you kindly publish this brief reply. Writing on behalf of Christian Scientists, without any desire for controversy, I aver they have an entirely satisfactory reason for objecting to whisky. Whether, however, this averment, briefly elucidated below, is acceptable or not to your readers at large is a matter for individual discrimination.

Intoxicants enslave mankind and awaken in those who indulge in them the grosser elements and objectionable traits of the "carnal mind," which so-called mind, Paul states, "is enmity against God." Intoxicants stultify one's better self, usurp self-government, paralyze reason, and becloud conscience. Furthermore, gratification of the carnal appetites retards the development and unfoldment of the Christian qualities and abilities inherent in humanity;a and pandering to material appetites is not in accord with the Ten Commandments or the teachings of Christ Jesus. In short, strong drink deprives its victim of his God-bestowed inalienable rights to express true manhood.

Christian Science does not "blandly ignore" disease any more than it ignores sin; nor does it call evil (such as the indulgence in intoxicants) good. Christian Scientists, through righteous prayer, watching, and working to reflect more of the Mind of Christ—that Mind which is God—are doing much to alleviate the sufferings of mankind by destroying—not ignoring—sin and its concomitants, disease, fear, and inharmony of every nature. Adhering strictly to the inspired word of the Scriptures, and proving in some measure the truths contained therein, Christian Scientists naturally accept the statement found in Deuteronomy, "The Lord he is God; there is none else beside him;" they also accept the Apostle John's explanation of the nature, that "God is love."

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