Will you kindly permit me to reply to some of the statements...

Burnley News

Will you kindly permit me to reply to some of the statements made by your correspondent in your issue of December 1 under the above heading [Christian Science]. He states that "Christian Science ... invades the sphere of medical knowledge." This is incorrect, inasmuch as Christian Science does not claim to heal through any material knowledge, and therefore does not require a physical diagnosis any more than did Jesus, the master Physician. He discerned the faith of the patient, and was quick to see the spiritual need; but we do not read of his making a careful examination of physical symptoms, though he went to the root of the matter and revealed that in some cases it was sin which needed to be destroyed; and this too is a primary object of Christian Science healing.

To state that Mrs. Eddy's teaching is not Christian is certainly untrue, as any impartial student of her books can readily find out. Her teaching is based upon the life of Christ Jesus, whom all Christian Scientists acknowledge and revere as the Way-shower. It is also scientific. On page 127 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says, "If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual universe, including man, then everything entitled to a classification as truth, or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God, for there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity." "Science is an emanation of divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual, and not a material origin. It is a divine utterance, — the Comforter which leadeth into all truth." There is surely no "presumption" or "irreverence" in stating that the Comforter, or spirit of Truth, proceeds from God, the divine Mind; and we are admonished by Paul in his epistle to the Philippians, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."

There is abundant evidence of healing through Christian Science, and this many fair-minded members of the medical profession have been willing to admit; and the evidence of the one healed of blindness, as given in John's Gospel, "One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see," is usually convincing enough to the one healed.

September 28, 1929

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