Christian Science teaches that pain is a mental effect, and...

Isle of Wight Observer

Christian Science teaches that pain is a mental effect, and in doing this it follows the long line of idealist thinkers, who have upheld the theory stated by Huxley in the words that "nothing exists beyond the facts of consciousness and the substance of mind." If this is the case, it logically follows that the way to prevent pain is not by reducing the human mind to temporary unconsciousness by the administration of gas, but by changing the human belief. Jesus said, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand," and the word translated repent means, of course, change of mind; consequently when a man changes his mind from a belief in physical law, with its accompaniment of sickness and sorrow and pain, to an understanding of the spiritual law, expressed in infinite harmony, he finds, indeed, that "the kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." And in this it must not be forgotten that the human mind which produces pain is not the Mind which destroys it, else the same fountain would indeed bring forth sweet water and bitter. The Mind "who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases," is the divine Mind, the Mind which was in Christ Jesus; therefore has Mrs. Eddy written on page 496 of Science and Health, "Hold perpetually this thought,—that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being." In teaching this, Christian Science transcends the idealism of the philosopher and the natural scientist, and severing itself from them, relentlessly presses home the conclusion, "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all" (Science and Health, p. 468).

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