In your issue of March 23, there appeared a letter in...

Panama American

In your issue of March 23, there appeared a letter in which the author asks for an explanation of a quotation from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. The following quotation is the paragraph from which our critic took a sentence: "The spiritual essence of blood is sacrifice. The efficacy of Jesus' spiritual offering is infinitely greater than can be expressed by our sense of human blood. The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed upon 'the accursed tree,' than when it was flowing in his veins as he went daily about his Father's business. His true flesh and blood were his Life; and they truly eat his flesh and drink his blood, who partake of that divine Life" (Science and Health, p. 25).

Our critic failed to note that Mrs. Eddy used the term "the material blood." Jesus never claimed that the shedding of his material blood, which was brought about by the carnal or fleshly mind's hatred of the Christ, Truth, which he presented, would bring salvation. He knew that the Christ which he manifested beyond measure, and demonstrated in his victory over death and the grave, is the Saviour of the world.

February 13, 1937
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