Christian Science Misunderstood

Newark (N. J.) Advertiser

Mr. Editor.

Christian Science healing is the direct outcome of Christian Science praying. In the text-book of this Science Mrs. Eddy says, "A mere request that God will heal the sick has no power to gain more of the divine presence than is always at hand. The beneficial effect of such prayer for the sick is on the human mind, making it act more powerfully on the body through a blind faith in God. This, however, is one belief casting out another,—a belief in the unknown casting out a belief in sickness" (Science and Health, p. 12). She further says at the opening of the first chapter of that great work, the chapter that so courageously and keenly analyzes prayer as it is generally practised and so humbly and lovingly teaches prayer as it should be: "The prayer that reclaims the sinner and heals the sick, is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him,—an unselfed love."

The Christian Scientist exercises no faith in mortal mind, the alleged product, or else dependent, of a human brain, much less can he recognize any divinity of such so-called mind; but by his understanding of the One Mind, God, he demonstrates in some degree the dominion of man, as the spiritual son of God, conferred by his Maker in Genesis, and sung by the royal psalmist of Israel in the eighth psalm, "Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet."

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