It would be entirely inconsistent with the fundamentals...

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It would be entirely inconsistent with the fundamentals of Christian Science to attempt to combine its practise with the practise of medicine. To the extent that material means were employed by the metaphysician, and to the extent that he compromised with matter and placed his dependence thereon, to that extent would he stultify his faith in the power of Mind as the healer of diseases. By such methods the practitioner would become like the "kindom divided against itself" which Christ Jesus said "cannot stand." The Master consistently declared, "If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light," and, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing."

Christian Science is the restoration or reestablishment of primitive Christianity, and as such it must necessarily use the means in healing which were employed by Jesus and his students and followers in the early Christian church. It is recorded of Jesus that he healed "all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people," and when questioned as to how the healing work was done, he said, "The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works."

Although the practise of medicine was in vogue for two thousand years before the advent of Jesus, it is not recorded that he cooperated with medical doctors in his healing work or that he even called upon them for diagnoses. On the contrary, there is every reason to infer from the gospel record that he healed functional and organic, acute and chronic diseases, without failure and without the use of drugs or material remedies. Christ Jesus said to the man whom he healed of the palsy, "Be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee," indicating that the forgiveness or destruction of sin was what released him from the bondage of disease. To the woman who had "suffered many things of many physicians" and who "was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse," he said after he had healed her, "Thy faith hath made thee whole." When he healed Peter's wife's mother of a fever, he "rebuked the fever; and it left her." In the Acts of the Apostles it is recorded that when Peter was appealed to for help at the gate of the temple by the man who had been lame from birth, he bade him in the name of Christ "rise up and walk," and the man was immediately healed of his lameness. When asked how this healing was accomplished, Peter insisted that it was through faith in the name of Christ, and then made the remarkable declaration, "There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

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