Recently the Bergen Evening Record published what...

Bergen Evening Record

Recently the Bergen Evening Record published what purported to be excerpts from a sermon preached by a minister of the gospel in a neighboring city in which, among other statements, he is reported to have said, "There cannot be any worse mark of a community as to its intelligence and its knowledge of Christ than the fact that there are many Christian Scientists and that they are held in esteem."

Such a pronouncement as to the intelligence of a community which holds its fellow townspeople of the Christian Science faith in esteem, would indicate clearly a lack of appreciation of the benefits derived by having many Godfearing, law-abiding, and peaceful citizens as neighbors; and this calls for Jesus' loving admonition, "Judge not."

Allow me to inform the readers of your paper that Christian Scientists acknowledge the First Commandment of the Hebrew Decalogue, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." They understand God to be divine Principle, the source of all law governing man and the universe. They also recognize and live in obedience to the civil laws of the land; and in compliance with the mandate of Christ Jesus, they practice consistently the Golden Rule, which they understand to be a Christian essential.

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