To declare, as does the committee of the British Medical...

Indianapolis (Ind.) News

To declare, as does the committee of the British Medical Association, that there is "no difference in kind" between healing through divine and spiritual means and various forms of so-called mental or psychic healing, is wantonly and presumptuously to assail the fundamentals of Christianity, namely, the words and works of Christ Jesus. Our Lord in all of his healing declared, "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work," thus attesting the activity of the divine intelligence, or God, not of the so-called human mind, as the healing agency. He also pointedly declared of his follower in all ages, "The works that I do shall he do also." It is but reasonable to deduce that such "works" or "signs following" were to be achieved through the activity of the same divine agency.

Is it not true indeed that the presumptuous effort thus to account for the healings of Jesus and of the early church upon the basis of mental suggestion, belittles Christianity, strikes at the fundamentals of Christian faith, and incidentally indicates a very significant anxiety on the part of certain exponents of "purely medical treatment"? The fact seems to have been overlooked also that for forty years Christian Science has been healing all manner of diseases, including so-called "organic" diseases; and if, as the committee declares, "no evidence has been forthcoming of any authenticated cure of organic disease" by means of mental suggestion, we are forced to conclude that Christian Science, which is not mental suggestion, having effected such desired results, must not only differ from ordinary so-called mental methods, but must be vastly superior thereto.

November 25, 1911

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