An item in your issue of September 18 gave misleading...

Eagle Rock Sentinel

An item in your issue of September 18 gave misleading impressions regarding Christian Science, and I should appreciate an opportunity to present to your readers points in defense of this religion.

Contrary to an inference in the item in question, the Christian Science denomination places the Bible in a most exalted position, both in church services and in daily use. The Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy are the only textbooks of Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy's writings are based on the Scriptures. They open the Bible to the sincere seeker, and unfold its spiritual significance so that its truths are available in human experience. In all Christian Science Lesson-Sermons, the readings are from the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. In Science and Health (p. 497) Mrs. Eddy presents the following as the first Tenet of Christian Science: "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life." The Biblical statement of the nature of God and of the life, character, and works of Christ Jesus furnishes the groundwork on which the Christian Science denomination is built. Incidentally, the authorized King James Version of the Bible is used by Christian Scientists—the same translation that is approved by other Protestant churches.

There is a vast difference between the teachings of Christian Science and those of the systems grouped with it in the item mentioned. Christian Science teaches the omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience—the allness—of God, Spirit, and the consequent nothingness of matter. This religion inculcates the perfection of God and the perfection of man—the image and likeness of God. These teachings conform to the Bible; for the Old Testament says, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him." And the Master said: "God is a Spirit;" "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing;" and, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." With preëminent understanding of the instruction he gave, Christ Jesus healed deformities, blindness, insanity, palsy, and many other diseases, as well as sin; and he comforted the fearful and heavy-laden. Furthermore, he said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." The testimonies that are presented in the Christian Science periodicals, and at the Wednesday meetings in Christian Science churches, furnish abundant evidence of the healing accomplished by Christian Scientists through utilizing the method of the Master, Christ Jesus.

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