Faith and Intelligence

Strangely enough, apart from the teachings of Christian Science, faith and intelligence are not supposed to have any direct relation to each other, and this explains to large extent the antagonism to Christian Science expressed by many who suppose that the faith which it inculcates is divorced from intelligence. A prominent member of an orthodox church once said that for his part he would much rather trust to a good pair of oars, if out on a storm-tossed lake, than faith. The Scientist to whom this remark was addressed replied that she would, too, so far as the kind of faith which he evidently meant was concerned; but that Christian Science had an altogether different concept of faith to offer, one which led to the healing of the sick when all material means had failed, and which brought safety and peace to Jesus' terrified disciples when their oars and nautical skill were of no avail.

It can hardly be questioned that those who prove the power of the spiritual over the material would display very little intelligence if they failed to place the deepest reliance upon spiritual ways and means. It is, however, hardly necessary to remind students of Science and Health that blind faith has no place in its teachings, that understanding of God and of man's relation to Him is insisted upon at every step of the way. Respecting this, Mrs. Eddy says, "Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes spiritual understanding human thought has little relation to the actual or divine" (p. 297). It thus becomes clear that we must press on until all our thought and endeavor is related to the actualities of being which express intelligence and power. The student of Christian Science learns that disease has no intelligence. In spite of popular belief it can neither make nor enforce laws of suffering or of death. It is also true that drugs have no intelligence to go of their own volition to the part of the body supposed to be affected, yet mortals in general blindly accept this belief and bow down before a god that cannot save, quite oblivious of the fact that the awakened spiritual sense, through its reflection of divine intelligence, lays hold upon the spiritual law which proves the nothingness of mortal belief and overcomes both sin and suffering.

Human Tendency Redeemed
October 11, 1913

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