Sickness not Imaginary

Middleport (N. Y.) Herald

Concerning the statement that "there is no disease," attributed to Christian Scientists, permit me to say that these words cannot be properly understood without some accompanying explanation. Disease is variously described in Christian Science as an illusion or mistake, having just as much reality and existence as illusions and mistakes can be made to have, but no more. It will be generally conceded that when an illusion is recognized as such, it ceases to have even the reality it was supposed to have. When Christian Scientists say "there is no disease," they have in mind the necessary understanding that God is infinite Good, and that man, made in His image and likeness, reflects this infinite Good.

It is a pleasure to read the words in your columns, full of common sense, which point out how ailments are aggravated by "brooding over them." It is likewise true that the Christian Scientist should never complain, though most of us are mere beginners in this glorious faith which contains such splendid possibilities, and we are apt to fall sadly short of our whole duty in practical demonstration. I am informed that Christian Science has some blessed results to record in the neighborhood of Lockport and Middleport, and it must be reckoned rather to its credit than otherwise that the occasional failures of Christian Scientists are published as special news, while the failures of other systems of therapeutics fill long obituary columns without calling forth comment.

The future is full of promise for true Christianity. Christian Scientists look for the time when Christians of all denominations shall be united and "of one mind" in their determination to heal the sick by the same spiritual means as sinners are now being reformed. In that day we shall truly recognize that all sin has been effectually and finally pardoned, and, as the Scriptures inform us, "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."

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October 16, 1902

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