I have read with interest the report of a recent local...

Red Oak Express

I have read with interest the report of a recent local sermon printed in the Express, and wish to acknowledge a kindly reference the minister made to Christian Science. At the same time I desire to correct for the benefit of your readers a mistaken view of Christian Science which led the pastor to speak erroneously of that religion.

When expressing regret that some religions fail to give their adherents the peace of mind which Christ Jesus experienced, the minister spoke most kindly of Christian Science as bestowing that much desired consciousness on all who follow its teachings. The clergyman's ready commendation of the health and harmony he has witnessed in the lives of Christian Scientists makes it all the more difficult to find consistency in his injected reference to "absurdities" which he intimated could also be found in Christian Science. Such an intimation prompts one to recall the positive statement once made by Jesus as to how the quality of a productive tree is to be determined when he said: "Every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes." Physical healing accomplished through correct application of Christian Science is attested by numberless thousands of those who have experienced that relief. Testimonies of such healings may be read in every issue of the Christian Science Sentinel and may be heard in the Wednesday evening meetings held in all Christian Science churches.

The unchangeableness of God, which was so definitely portrayed in the sermon from which I have already quoted, is the basis in Christian Science for the declaration and demonstration of health as well as all other right conditions in human experience. The Christian Scientist holds that the unchangeableness of God determines the permanent harmony of man made in the image and likeness of God, in whom this spiritual man lives, moves, and has his being, as the Scriptures affirm. I submit, then, that to rely upon God for healing when the Bible declares He "healeth all thy diseases," and to obey the Master's command to preach the gospel and to heal the sick by the same spiritual means which he himself did, does not in any manner place Christian Science or its followers in the position of being "absurd."

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