The pastor of a local church who devoted his sermon...


The pastor of a local church who devoted his sermon period last Sunday to a discussion of Christian Science fell into the same error many other opponents of Christian Science have fallen into when he attempted to explain something he did not understand. One hardly expects to hear a reasonable statement of any teaching by an opponent of it; so the minister's hearers were not enlightened upon the favorable points of this religion, which has now passed more than sixty years of testing and growth.

For example, the minister showed his failure to understand what Christian Science means by the word "real." He arraigned Christian Scientists for declaring sin and sickness unreal when they are so apparent to human experience. The passages he quoted from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, were chosen and separated from their context in such a way as to present a distorted view of what Christian Science teaches on this important subject. What Christian Science does teach is that reality can be attributed only to those things that are created by God, the infinitely good Mind; and surely sin and sickness are not God-created.

The following passage from the Christian Science textbook expresses clearly the view Mrs. Eddy held about sickness (p. 461): "Both sin and sickness are error, and Truth is their remedy. The truth regarding error is, that error is not true, hence it is unreal."

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