In a sermon quoted in a recent issue of your paper, an...


In a sermon quoted in a recent issue of your paper, an evangelist infers that Christian Science is a competitive religion to the Christian religion, and intimates that Christian Scientists place Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, on an equality with Christ Jesus. The inference entirely misrepresents both Christian Science and the attitude of Christian Scientists toward Mrs. Eddy. The Christian Science church was established "to commemorate the word and works" (Manual, p. 17) of Christ Jesus and reinstate the Master's Christianity, which saves to the uttermost, not only from sin, but from every ill "that flesh is heir to." In doing this Christian Science has restored to humanity the undivided Christly garment which ritualism and creed have mutilated through failure to heal the sick and sinning by spiritual means only—just as the Master himself had done, and demanded that his followers should do.

Christian Scientists do not place Mrs. Eddy on an equality with Christ Jesus. No religious people have a greater reverence for Christ Jesus than have Christian Scientists. We know him to be the mediator between God and men. Christ Jesus can never have an equal; but he can be understood, loved, and obeyed. It was Mrs. Eddy's understanding of God and of His spiritual universe, including spiritual man, which enabled her to give to the world "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which illumines the pages of the Holy Bible and makes plain the teachings of the Master. Christian Scientists love Mrs. Eddy because she has done so much for sinning, suffering humanity. Christian Scientists know that she was a true disciple of Christ Jesus. Her works bear witness to the fact that she is humanity's helper; that she deserves the love and gratitude of thousands for the blessings that have come to them through Christian Science. In her Message to The Mother Church for 1901 (p. 34) she wrote: "Finally, brethren, wait patiently on God; return blessing for cursing; be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good; be steadfast, abide and abound in faith, understanding, and good works; study the Bible and the textbook of our denomination; obey strictly the laws that be, and follow your Leader only so far as she follows Christ."

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April 27, 1929

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