Spiritual Power Producing Physical Results

"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker G. Eddy, pp. 28 and 211, says, "There is divine authority for believing in the superiority of spiritual power over material resistance." "Jesus' spiritual origin and understanding enabled him to demonstrate the facts of Being,—to prove, irrefutably, how spiritual Truth destroys material error, heals sickness, and overcomes death." The Truth expressed in these statements underlies the whole of the book and is the power of the Science which it teaches. It is also an important consideration in the philosophical and theological study of the Science and its work.

The common teaching is different from this; it can be stated as follows: The world that we see and the body that we feel are of material substance and are governed by material forces, and when in an abnormal condition or action they must be set right by material forces and medicines. That is, matter is an entity, having its sphere with its intelligence and power, laws and results. There is opposed to this the idea that Spirit, Mind, is also an entity entirely different from matter and having a sphere of activity and results entirely its own. The philosophy of the scholarly world is based on this double idea, this dualism; and present much resistance to any other idea of the nature of the and man.

Without any abstruse argument on the subject, some considerations will be presented opposing this double basis, and showing that spiritual power is the only one, and that there is no matter nor material results.

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A Helpful Thought
November 29, 1900

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