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West Chester (Pa. News

Your correspondent raises an interesting question concerning the relationship between Christian Science and certain drugless methods of cure which he names. He asks to have some one define the relationship which, in his estimation, seems to exist between the two. As a matter of fact there is no relationship whatever between them. Christian Science practice is based upon the understanding of man's relationship to God, and stands alone in its method of applying this understanding to the cure of disease. It rises much higher than the plane of mere faith in its attitude toward God. It recognizes that God is not the author of sin and disease, therefore they who trust in Him need not fear evil. To petition God to remove that which does not exist in His sight is to ask Him to take cognizance of something which is not included in His perfect domain and which, furthermore, is not the evidence of His presence. To dignify disease and sin by attributing its existence to divine will makes it in a sense irresistibel and immutable. The Christian Scientist proves for himself that good and evil cannot be reconciled, and does not try to reconcile them by including them both in the one divine scheme of creation. Thus he is enabled to deal with disease in the same way, in a degree, that Jesus dealt with it and rendered it impotent. Our Saviour employed no drugs in vanquishing disease, and yet he came "not to destroy, but to fulfil." His work was the upbuilding of heaven in human consciousness, and the curtailment and destruction of evil followed his efforts on every hand.

The following which Christian Science has inspired has witnessed in a large measure the restoration of apostolic healing, and in this humanity has much cause for gratitude. Christian healing must of necessity reach down deeper into the minds of men in order to root out the cause of disease than a method dealing with disease from the material standpoint alone. It must needs root out the underlying sin if it would successfully cast out the evil in its entirety, and this is what Christian Science seeks to do and does. It strives to make a man "every whit whole." Much progress is being made in the matter of overcoming popular ignorance on the subject of Christian Science and its method of dealing with disease. Its advocates for the most part have been brought out of dire distresses through the adoption of this method of cure, and are joyously spreading the good news of their healing and the possibility of others being healed in the same way. This accounts in a large measure for the growth of the movement. It prospers because of its good works.

The question of diagnosis is taken up in Christian Science in exactly the same way as our Saviour dealt with it. His declaration as to the woman who appealed to him for healing was, "A daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years," implying thereby that an evil sense had dominated this woman's life, as evidenced by the disease manifested, and with the recognition of this fact he destroyed the evil sense by uplifting the woman's faith in, and understanding of the omnipresence and omnipotence of God, and she was healed.

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