One of the most common beliefs about Christian Science on the part of the uninformed, and the charge most frequently made against it by its critics, is that its work of healing from sin and disease is nothing but the action of one human mind upon another. In earlier times these critics did not concern themselves about how it healed; they denied that it healed at all; but now the proof of its healing of all manner of diseases is so conclusive that all are compelled to admit that it heals. They, however, seek to degrade it by charging, without reason, that its influence is hypnotic.

This position was taken in a late newspaper article in Los Angeles, Cal., and showed how little our critic knew of the true teachings of Christian Science, and consequently how certain he was to be utterly wrong as to its practice and its effects. Christian Scientists do not deny the existence of sin, pain, or death, in the sense that he asserts. On the contrary, these evils are recognized as errors to be overcome, and their overcoming is constantly insisted upon. They do not deny that Jesus suffered for our sins, was crucified, and rose from the grave on the third day, as all other Christian churches teach; but Christian Scientists maintain that Jesus overcame sin and death, and thus he gave conclusive evidence of the unreality of these evils by showing that they could be overcome by the law of Spirit, or Divine power. It is true that Christian Scientists recognize matter only as a product of false belief,—as a counterfeit of substance,—hence, opposed to Spirit, and unreal in the sense that it is destructible and fluctuating. Christian Scientists admit that to the material senses all things seem to be material and not spiritual, hence the prevalence of sin, disease, and death. Mrs. Eddy says, "Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal,—that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction" (Science and Health, p. 460).

April 6, 1907

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