To a vast number of people, to the great majority...

Bristol (Eng.) Mercury

To a vast number of people, to the great majority probably of the citizens of the world, Christian Science healing still stands for a purely medical process. The fact, if the world could only realize it, is a severe reflection on the orthodox creeds. It shows how great a gulf has been allowed to widen since the time of the healer of Gennesaret between the healing of sickness and the healing of sorrow and sin. and how completely the churches have surrendered half of their duty to a profession many of the members of which are avowed agnostics and materialists. Yet Jesus said, "Preach the gospel" and "Heal the sick," and himself healed the sick in demonstration of the truth of the gospel he preached.

It is very difficult to understand how anybody can persuade himself to believe that the mere temporary removal of disease can be dignified by the name of healing. To contend that the victory over one microbe, which leaves the patient at the mercy of the next microbe in a microbeladen world, can be described as healing, even from the world's point of view of science or Christianity, is preposterous. Healing, to be worthy of the name, must destroy the mental germs which produce sin, disease, and death, and which were catalogued by Paul in the appalling list of the works of the flesh, and it must do this by substituting for them in the human consciousness the fruits of the Spirit. It must lead a man away from the fears that surround the belief of life in matter into an understanding of life eternal, and it must do this by showing him that the understanding of eternal life is dependent, as Christ Jesus declared, on a true knowledge of God and His Christ. Then the patient will not get well only to get sick again, but will be able to stand in front of the legions of disease and sin clad in "the whole armor of God," the strength which enabled the psalmist to write: "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."

November 27, 1909

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