A letter under the heading "On Pow-Wowing," appearing...


A letter under the heading "On Pow-Wowing," appearing in your issue of December 7, contains something of interest and much of fact concerning present-day superstition. Perhaps no one is more aware of its prevalence and of the detrimental influence of blind belief in supernatural agencies than the Christian Scientist, whose teaching is based entirely on Christian truth and has in it no element of superstition whatever. Yet the letter classes Christian Scientists among "professional dealers in magic and black art." This only shows how little the basis and practice of Christian Science are understood.

For instance, Christ Jesus, in speaking of the Father, said, "Thy word is truth." And the Psalmist sang, "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, had a clear realization of the significance of these passages when she wrote in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 112, 113), "As there is but one God, there can be but one divine Principle of all Science; and there must be fixed rules for the demonstration of this divine Principle;" and on page 551 of the same book, where she concludes a sentence with these words, "All science is of God, not of man." In other words, Christian Science as taught by her accepts nothing as absolutely true or real which does not have God as the author, and does not present Truth on an unchangeable, scientific basis. It is the very opposite of superstition.

For these reasons, Christian Science makes a distinction between absolute or real being and the human or mortal and material concept of life. Freedom from disease follows an understanding of this distinction and substantiates Christ Jesus' oft-quoted statement, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The all-important fact to be considered is this, that Christian Science is restoring primitive Christian healing on a divinely scientific basis, and that it has no other basis.

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