My attention has been called to a reference to Christian Science...

The Forfar (Scotland) Herald

My attention has been called to a reference to Christian Science which appeared in your paper in the account of a lecture on "Healing: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual," given under the auspices of the Theosophical Society. As most people are interested in the subject of healing and many are wondering what Christian Science is, perhaps you will allow me to say a few words on the subject.

Christian Science has nothing in common with theosophy or new thought; it does not employ suggestion, and it differs greatly from faith-healing as that term is generally understood. The basis of Christian Science is simple yet profound, for it is founded on nothing else than the actual, essential nature of God Himself, infinite Spirit or Mind, the "great First Cause," who, according to the first chapter of Genesis, made all that was made and pronounced it good. Starting from this premise, Christian Science argues that man, made in the image and likeness of God, his creator, must have been made in the image and likeness of Spirit, or Mind, and must therefore be, in his true, essential nature, spiritual and good. Viewed from this standpoint, sickness and sin, sorrow and suffering, discord or distress of any kind, cannot be any part of man's true and actual nature or being, and so must be transitory, impermanent, the result of error or misconception of the real nature of God and of all things.

Fear, worry, anxiety, together with all that is usually classed as sin, are known to be sources of disease. The Christian Scientist sets to work to free his patient from all sense of fear or any other distress of mind or body, not by suggesting to him that he is not afraid, but by convincing him that there is no cause for fear or distress, since God, omnipotent and omnipresent good, is the only cause. As the consciousness of the presence and power of good takes possession of thought, the sense of pain and distress vanishes, as darkness flees before the light of day, and the patient finds himself well. Thus Christian Science teaches that sickness is of mental origin, springing from ignorance of God and the primal facts of being, and heals it by the right understanding or true knowledge of the nature of God and man. Hence its claim to be scientific. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

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