The recently published sermons, "Modern Healing Miracles,"...

Irish Christian Advocate

The recently published sermons, "Modern Healing Miracles," have doubtless been read with more than ordinary interest by your numerous readers, and in the interests of fairness and accuracy, I should be grateful if you would permit me to make a brief comment on one or two points of some importance.

The reverend doctor says that Christian Scientists hold the view that their method stands alone and is unlike any other method. To further elucidate this point may I state that the Christian Scientist earnestly and solemnly believes that his method is identical with that practiced by our Lord and Master, Christ Jesus. His reason for holding this view is invariably based upon his own experience of the power of Christian Science not only to heal the body, but to turn thought definitely and positively away from the contemplation of material things to God and the things of His creation.

It is further alleged that Christian Science works through suggestion and endeavors to banish pain and disease by suggesting their nonexistence. The inadequacy of such a statement, as indicating the modus operandi of Christian Science, will be apparent to any thoughtful reader of the Advocate. Permit me, therefore, to point out that "the starting-point of divine Science," as Mrs. Eddy says on page 275 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind,—that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle." If we admit this fact of God's allness, we must of necessity deny the reality of anything that is unlike Him, notwithstanding the testimony of the material senses. It is true that the sinner must suffer until his belief in sin is destroyed by Truth. It is not true, however, that sin, sickness, and suffering are any part of God's creation.

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