Christian Science is not faith healing

Scarborough Post

Christian Science is not faith healing. Faith may be present in the consciousness of the patient, but not necessarily more so than honesty, justice, etc. Though recognizing the capacity of these attributes to assist in maintaining harmony, not one of these is considered the "healing power" of Christian Science. According to your report, the lecturer said "he thought suggestion was the key-note of Christian Science. Faith would not replace an absent limb or restore a fracture: but by faith or suggestion they could often remove minor functional disorders."

Christian Science does vastly more than remove "minor functional disorders." This fact, attested by unnumbered well-authenticated cases of healing, must place it—by the admission of the lecturer—far above the province of faith healing and mental suggestion. These methods of healing simply go to prove that all disease is of mental origin. Faith healing and suggestion do not destroy the mental cause of disease; they simply change one belief for another.

Christian Science, in its healing of sickness, not only does not "suggest" health to the human mind, but it destroys in the false consciousness of the patient the entire belief in the reality of this so-called human mind, and insists rigidly that there is only one Mind—i.e., God—in whom there is no consciousness of sickness, sin, mental suggestion, faith healing, hypnotism, materia medica, hygiene, etc. The key-note of Christian Science healing is the spiritual understanding of God, which demonstrates Him to be Love.

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