The one point in question in my correspondence is...


The one point in question in my correspondence is whether Christian Science is based on the Bible, and not whether Christian Science is in agreement with what your correspondent considers the Bible to teach. As to that essential point, I have made it quite clear already that the Bible is the basis of Christian Science as is stated in the first tenet of the Christian Science church (Church Manual, p. 15), "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life."

Christian Scientists claim the inherent right to hold whatever views seem to them to be right and true with regard to the teaching of the Bible, so they naturally are ready to grant the same right to others, knowing that as we are faithful and obedient to our own highest sense of right, the God who is Love will rightly and wisely guide us all, in His own way, to the full apprehension of divine truth and of His purpose for each of us. I have therefore no desire to enter into any discussion of your correspondent's views, as stated in his letter, though I readily agree, as he says, that the views of Christian Science are different.

Your correspondent quotes a paragraph from Mrs. Eddy's book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 109) which ends with Isaiah's prophecy, "Unto us a child is born, ... and his name shall be called Wonderful," and he implies that Christian Scientists do not accept this prophecy as relating to Christ Jesus. This is a misapprehension on his part, for Christian Scientists fully accept this prophecy as having a definite and direct reference to the coming of Christ Jesus. Every specific prophecy, however, has a general application, and every new vision of Christ, or Truth, that comes to any man is just a wider fulfillment of the prophecy of the coming of Christ, or Truth, to human consciousness.

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