Christian Science has healed, and does heal, every kind...

Chorley (Eng.) News

Christian Science has healed, and does heal, every kind of disease there is, and without, of course, any "material applications" whatever. As to whether it heals "better than the surgeon's knife," it is to be remembered that surgery is not therapeutics, but rather its confession of failure. It is not scientific, in the true sense, for in the presence of true healing it has no place. It is, of course, possible to say this without seeking in any way to disparage the conscientious labors and unselfish motives of the members of the surgical profession. Christian Science healing is the best healing because it is true healing. It is true healing because it deals with actual causes; and, eradicating these fundamental causes instead of patching up their effects, its healing is permanent. It is true healing because it is Truth and Truth alone that heals.

As to the proof that Christian Science heals, permit me to say that such proof does not rest upon the bare assertion of any single individual, though to each individual his own experience is sufficiently convincing. It is also sufficiently convincing to make him, in most cases, desire to tell it to his fellow sufferers, and so to join that vast and ever-increasing company of people who have publicly declared themselves to have been healed. These hundreds of thousands have for the most part been without hope of healing before they sought it in Christian Science, and their evidence is the best possible; for they know. Every Wednesday evening in Christian Science churches in all parts of the world, they rise up by the thousand and give thanks. No, the proof of the healing is not a bare assertion. Moreover, it is rather strange that such proof should be required by any one at all acquainted with Christian Science teaching, in the face of the growth and progress of the movement; for the claim of Christian Science upon mankind is based upon the fact that it is a demonstrable religion. It affirms that the Founder of Christianity meant Christianity to be demonstrable as he demonstrated it, and if Christian Science were not demonstrable it would fail in its central and most conspicuous teaching. Under the circumstances its phenomenal success is its justification.

I would affirm, in conclusion, that, although to those who have learned to look upon matter as the only source and origin of power and life, the healing in Christian Science seems hard to understand and to stand in need of more proof than anything else, it is, nevertheless, impossible to comprehend in any measure the truth of the omnipotence of God without that difficulty disappearing, while there arises instead a recognition of the utter unseemliness of the argument that He "who healeth all our diseases" elects to withhold His compassionate love if, forsooth, there be not provided certain grains of matter as a channel for its operation. To the earnest Christians of today Christian Science would put the question that St. Paul put to King Agrippa: "Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?"

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