In your issue of October 15 appears a letter, the author...

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In your issue of October 15 appears a letter, the author of which is concerned about the "status of evil" as presented in Christian Science. She refers particularly to a Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly on the subject, "Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?" excerpts of which appeared in a previous issue of your good paper. The Golden Text of this Lesson reads: "The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give."

I shall appreciate an opportunity to say that the author's dilemma results in not recognizing the absolute distinction which the Scriptures make between the temporal and the eternal, between material belief and spiritual understanding, between unreal human concepts and the scientific reality of divine creation. Among many Scriptural passages which might be quoted, we read from Ecclesiastes, "Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it." This distinction of the real and eternal from the temporal and unreal is maintained by Mrs. Eddy throughout her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

Since God is the only creator and all He created is good, evil has no created existence and has no scientific reality. A mistake in a mathematical calculation will seem real so long as the mistake is believed to be a fact. An understanding of the science of mathematics dispels the illusion. The Science of Truth understood, as manifested in that Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus," dispelled the illusion of sin, sickness, and death among the early Christians, and will do so today; hence the force of Mrs. Eddy's conclusion in her textbook (p. 342), "If Christianity is not scientific, and Science is not of God, then there is no invariable law, and truth becomes an accident."

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