Faith-cure, will-power, hypnotism, and spiritualism are...

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Faith-cure, will-power, hypnotism, and spiritualism are not concomitant with Christian Science practice. Christian Science is based on the Bible teaching that God, Spirit, Love, is All-in-all. God being omnipotence, all power, there is no opposite power. Who would say that God who is omnipotence is unable to destroy sickness, or that He requires any man-made systems to help Him in relieving men from their distresses? Christian Science does not teach dependence on the supposed subtle power of an individual to cure sickness, but it does instruct the student to obey literally and absolutely the command, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me [Spirit]," and it emphatically condemns the practice of "mind over mind" or the worshiping of personality in any degree.

Jesus instructed the disciples: "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." Is it more reasonable to interpret the latter part of the text as meaning, freely ye have received of the understanding of God and His creation; or, freely ye have received of material remedies? In telling his followers what to provide for the journey, no mention is made of medicine, nor can any record be found that Jesus relied on aught but God to perform his wonderful works. "Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?"

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