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TRUE PROTESTING

From the May 1952 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Sometimes the question is asked by students of Christian Science as to whether or not they should classify themselves as Protestants. Christian Science presents a higher protest against matter and evil than has been known before. God, Spirit, is recognized as the divine, healing Principle and man as His indestructible spiritual image, coexistent and coeternal with his creator. Evil, the offspring of so-called mortal mind, is recognized for what it is and is destroyed as an impersonal nonentity.

On page 172 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mary Baker Eddy writes: "Intrepid, self-oblivious Protestants in a higher sense than ever before, let us meet and defeat the claims of sense and sin, regardless of the bans or clans pouring in their fire upon us; and white-winged charity, brooding over all, shall cover with her feathers the veriest sinner." Christian Science teaches the entireness of spiritual creation and enters its protest against the false belief in matter and its illusory formations.

Reasoning from the standpoint of the authenticity of the record in the first chapter of Genesis and in the first three verses of the second, wherein it is stated that God, Spirit, is sole creator and His spiritual creation, including man and the universe, is good and complete, we see that matter with its attendant evils, including mortality, sin, sickness, limitation, and error of every name and nature, is forever excluded from reality because lacking divine power and authority. In other words, the claims of sense and sin are firmly protested and, through spiritual sense, are finally annulled. The mist referred to in the second chapter of Genesis, which "watered the whole face of the ground" and which has obscured mankind's vision of true creation, is rendered null and void under the revealing light of scientific revelation.

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