The contributor of "Crime News," in your "Mail Bag"...

Columbus Evening Dispatch

The contributor of "Crime News," in your "Mail Bag" column, evidently referred to Christian Science when he spoke of "the cult which insists that disease does not exist, but is only thought of by those who will let themselves so think." Farther on in his remarks he spoke of "those who insist that disease and death are imaginary;" and this statement also was no doubt intended to apply to Christian Scientists. Kindly allow me to correct any misapprehension on the part of your readers in regard to these two statements. Christian Science teaching embraces no such sophistry. This religion does not teach that the evils of disease and death, nor yet of sin, are to be ignored or lightly waved aside; for its adherents realize, as well as any other group of people, the need of recognizing and handling in the most fundamental way these various forms of evil which beset mankind.

On page 460 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," its author, Mary Baker Eddy, has made this statement: "Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal,—that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction. It is therefore to be dealt with through right apprehension of the truth of being." On the next page Mrs. Eddy has stated, "I do not maintain that anyone can exist in the flesh without food and raiment; but I do believe that the real man is immortal and that he lives in Spirit, not matter."

Christian Science teaches that God, good, is All, and that, as the child of God, man embodies and expresses only that which is good and which partakes of God's nature. Now, it is not conceivable that the God who is wholly good can embrace any element of evil, nor that man as His child can partake of evil in any of its forms. It is the understanding of this that furnishes the basis of the Christian Science prayer of healing, the prayer used by Christ Jesus himself, in accomplishing his mighty works in overcoming the ills "that flesh is heir to."

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