Response to the Columbus Dispatch
Article Titled: "Christian Scientists' view often is misunderstood "
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There are two major issues to deal with concerning this letter to the editor in the Columbus Dispatch. The first deals with the credibility of the Christian Science church. From reading this article, one might conclude that the Christian Science church preaches sound, Biblical doctrine and that we should not be at all concerned about what they would try to influence us to believe. The truth is that most mainstream Christian churches consider them to be a cult. I'll not deal with this issue any further in this response except to suggest that you view the links on our Information about the Christian Science church page. Judge for yourself if you think the rosy picture painted of them in this letter to the Dispatch is in line with reality.
Eddy subscribed to the scholarship that shows that Genesis Chapter 1 and Genesis Chapters 2 and 3 are from different sources. She does not lump the three chapters together the way Oldenquist does. She presents Genesis Chapter 1 as inconsistent with the Adam and Eve allegory in Chapters 2 and 3; hence, we are not creationists.
There is no conflict between the chapters of Genesis as is alleged here, and nothing in Genesis chapters 1, 2 or 3 are allegory. The events described in Genesis are actual historical events. See The truth about the alleged contradictions in Genesis.
The "days" of Genesis Chapter 1 are not seen as 24-hour periods. Eddy writes, "The numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of time."
Donley H. Johnson, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Ohio, Columbus
It is actually quite easy to demonstrate that the Bible authors intended for us to interpret the "days" of Genesis as literal 24-hour days. It is only when one approaches Bible interpretation using eisegesis instead of exegesis that one can come to all kinds of wrong conclusions, as Eddy has done in this case. See How long is a "day" in the Bible for a common sense explanation of why the Genesis "days" are 24-hour days, with no gaps in between. The main reason so many people are duped into believing these misguided interpretations of scriptures is because so few people have even a basic understanding of hermeneutics. If more churches made it a point to teach hermeneutics, doctrines like what the Christian Scientists believe would have a very hard time ever spreading.
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