I shall be glad if you will kindly allow me to reply to a...


I shall be glad if you will kindly allow me to reply to a letter on the subject of Christian Science in your last issue.

A correspondent appears to take exception to Mrs. Eddy's teaching that "God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 390). Christian Scientists are further criticized for quoting the following Scripture from Deuteronomy 7:15: "The Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee." Apparently your correspondent takes issue with us because we do not quote another passage with a less comforting message (also from Deuteronomy): "The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation," etc.

Now, these passages from Deuteronomy are obviously conflicting. When confronted with two seemingly opposite statements are Christian Scientists to be criticized because they choose to quote that which is in accordance with the teachings of Christ Jesus, who taught men to think of God as a loving Father, whose "good pleasure," it is to give us not sickness, but "the kingdom"? Moreover, Jesus definitely stated that the source of sickness was not God, but the devil or evil, when he spoke of a sick woman "whom Satan hath bound." When remembering that a human parent would not send sickness to his offspring, it is well to bear in mind these words of the Bible, "Shall mortal man be more just than God?"

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