While Christian Science is very far from being a mere...

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While Christian Science is very far from being a mere method of healing the sick, there is no doubt that it is this aspect of its work which especially interests the public at this time, and which brings so many inquirers to its services and testimony meetings.

In the New Testament we find it stated that "God is Love" (I John ii.). "Truth" (I John iii.), and "Life" (John v.). Most men will admit that Truth is permanent; that it is above the changes and chances of mortal existence; that it is not dependent on man nor resident in man's body, but is grasped by him in consciousness. Man perceives Truth, and reflects it to the extent that he perceives it. Christian Science shows us that as there is but one kind of Truth, so there is but one kind of Love, and but one kind of Life. It points out that as Truth is outside man, so Love and Life are outside him; that as he possesses Truth by understanding it and reflecting it, so he possesses Life by understanding it to be God, and by reflecting it. Thus it will be seen that if Life is God, health is the knowledge of this fact. Health is primarily a condition of mind and only secondarily of the body.

As man turns in thought to God and earnestly strives to put behind him all that is unlike Life, Truth, and Love; as he refuses to admit to himself that evil possesses attraction or power, a sense of purity, peace, and joy, unlike anything he has hitherto felt, enters his consciousness, and the new birth begins. Bodily healing is one of the effects of this process of purification. Some people are healed merely through reading Science and Health, the true statements therein contained correcting the false beliefs they have hitherto held. Others require the assistance of a fellow-student; they cannot make out the way from the map alone; they require a guide. In either case the healing is the work of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. No person heals; there is no healing power in personality. Mrs. Eddy says, "Humility is the stepping-stone to a higher recognition of Deity" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 1).

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