Healing in Christian Science results now, as it did in...


Healing in Christian Science results now, as it did in Jesus' time, from the operation in human consciousness of wholesome, spiritual truth. Jesus declared, "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." Paul urged, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus," and the Master declared, "The works that I do shall he do also," and we might reasonably infer "in the same way." The domination of one finite, erring human mind over another plays no part in Christian Science practice, and mental suggestion is as religiously eschewed as are drugs. Christian Scientists are forbidden to "learn hypnotism" (Manual of The Mother Church, Art. II, Sect. 9).

If our critic was correctly quoted in your columns, he has an exaggerated and grossly erroneous conception of the real teachings of Christian Science. Physical scientists themselves are beginning to doubt the reality and substantiality of so-called matter, and Mrs. Eddy logically argues for a spiritual creation on the basis of Scripture; but inasmuch as spiritual facts must be spiritually discerned, it will only be after a long period, possibly, of spiritual education and development that the race generally will abandon entirely the material for the spiritual, and until that time it will be necessary to "suffer" many things "to be so now."

August 22, 1908

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