A writer states that Christian Science "cuts right across...

Evening Citizen

A writer states that Christian Science "cuts right across the Word of God;" and in support of this assertion he advances several misstatements of its teaching. Will you kindly grant me space to explain what Christian Science teaches on the points raised? In the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 25): "The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed upon 'the accursed tree,' than when it was flowing in his veins as he went daily about his Father's business. His true flesh and blood were his Life; and they truly eat his flesh and drink his blood, who partake of that divine Life." The writer omits the word "material" before "blood," alters the wording, and leaves out the last sentence. Under such treatment anything might be asserted. Christian Science admits the efficacy of Jesus' sacrifice, but shows that we have to do our part by partaking "of that divine Life." It also teaches that it was because the disciples saw Jesus alive after his crucifixion, that they learned he had overcome the belief of death.

Again, the judgment of God comes hourly. This does not deny a final judgment, but shows that it means the gradual destruction of all error. In teaching that man is incapable of sin, Mrs. Eddy refers to the real, spiritual man, made in God's image. No careful student of Christian Science could imagine it teaches that mankind has not to overcome sin. In teaching that evil is illusion, Christian Science means that evil is no real part of God's "good" creation.

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April 27, 1929

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