In a recent issue of the Independent, under the heading...


In a recent issue of the Independent, under the heading "Christian Science versus Christianity," a correspondent, with apparent disregard for the fitness of things, launches an attack on Christian Science that is quite evidently based on a deplorable lack of correct understanding. As is always the case when a person undertakes to talk about something which he does not understand, the conclusions are erroneous and misleading. The feeble effort to discredit Christian Science consists chiefly of several quotations from its textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, in most instances separated from their context. Suffice it to say that, to all who by years of close study and application of the teachings of Christian Science are in a position to pass intelligent judgment upon it, the quotations referred to present a perfectly clear, logical, and demonstrable elucidation of the exact teachings of the Bible. In the light of the availability of positive facts, no well-informed person to-day will think of accusing Christian Science of being antichristian. Furthermore, as Christian Science is founded on the Bible, including the words and works of Christ Jesus, any person before accepting the temptation to criticize destructively the beliefs held sacred by others, may well ponder carefully the sound advice of the lawyer Gamaliel, "And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."

When we learn that "God is love" and that our real spiritual selves are the sons and daughters of one loving Father, the temptation to criticize destructively will be superseded by kindness and real brotherly love. This is why Christian Scientists do not interfere with the conscientious religious beliefs of their brethren in the other Christian churches.

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