It is reasonable to suppose that the Christian Science practitioner...

Meriden (Conn.) Journal

It is reasonable to suppose that the Christian Science practitioner who has healed the sick, knows how it was done and he will tell you that it is the "Mind which was in Christ" that heals, and those who do not know how the work was done may theorize, but the facts are not changed. Jesus healed the multitudes. He did not use drugs or material remedies; it was not his body that healed. It was his pure consciousness of God, his pure thought, before which sin and disease fled. He left this definite promise, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." The Christian Scientist believes in Jesus the Christ, believes that he meant what he said, and the same Mind which was also in Christ, heals to-day as it did centuries ago. Autosuggestion, self-mesmerism, ecstatic or emotional mental states, and blind faith are not the means used in Christian Science to perform cures. The Bible says, "He sent his word, and healed them." The Christian Scientist believes that God's word heals, and he knows that God's word is not hypnotism, or exorcism, or fetichism.

Our critic thinks that Christian Science has an injurious effect upon "mind and spirit," though it may profit the body. Here again he is mistaken. Christian Science elevates the moral and spiritual tone of its followers, insists upon uncompromising purity of thought and act, raises a high standard of integrity, and demands obedience thereto. Christian Scientists are better citizens, better friends, better units in society than before they practised Christian Science. This is a fact universally recognized by all critics. What, then, does a man lose, who loves God and his fellow-man more. than he ever did before.

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