In your issue of August 27 a minister of the gospel is...

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In your issue of August 27 a minister of the gospel is quoted as making certain statements concerning Christian Science which reveal a misapprehension of the subject. I respectfully ask space for correction.

Christian Science differs from what is termed faith-healing; for Christian Science relies upon a demonstrable understanding of God's law. Christian healing was practiced for about three hundred years after the time of Christ Jesus, and Christian Science is the reinstatement of "primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Manual, p. 17). This religion teaches that the works of Jesus were not supernatural exhibitions of the divine power to heal, but the result of his understanding of and obedience to God, who is unchanging Love. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy occurs the statement (p. 140), "The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death."

In the first chapter of Genesis we read that "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Christian Science is rational for the reason that it accepts this statement and from it deduces the logical conclusion that since sin, disease, death, and inharmony of any kind are not good, they are not real. Science and Health states (p. 474): "Now Jesus came to destroy sin, sickness, and death; yet the Scriptures aver, 'I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.' Is it possible, then, to believe that the evils which Jesus lived to destroy are real or the offspring of the divine will?"

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