Christian Science as an antidote for seasickness is made...

Oregon City (Ore.) Courier

Christian Science as an antidote for seasickness is made the subject of facetious comment by a traveler quoted in a recent issue of the Courier. The gentleman's experience, briefly stated, included a friend's statement made before sailing, that Christian Science was a preventive for seasickness; also his own subsequent attempt to ward off the malady by exerting his will against it, and his later submission to its discomforts with a conviction that Christian Science was impracticable, at least on the high seas. It is quite evident that Christian Science had no part in his trouble, except that he imagined it to be the use of will-power, with which it has in truth no relationship whatever.

The exercise of the human will can indeed never be associated with the application of Christianity to the needs of mankind, whether the need be great or small, on land or sea. Christian healing, as wrought by Jesus and repeated in this age by Christian Science, is based upon a truly scientific understanding of God and man as made by Him. Referring to this vital point in the practice of Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy says, "The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man,—as the basis of thought and demonstration" (Science and Health, p. 259).

Will-power has nothing in common with Christ. It is the antithesis of spiritual understanding which is the key to divine healing. Recognizing no fixed law, it operates by whatever means will best serve its own desires. Directed only by the whim of its employer, it becomes the motive power of selfish ambitions seeking its own ends without thought of God or man. At times simulating a good purpose, it never hides for long its mortal nature, wholly un-Christlike and unrelated to God. In place of the vacillating and uncertain human will, Christian Science opens the door to spiritual understanding, even to a present knowledge of that truth which Jesus said should make men free.

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