An article in a recent issue indicates your appreciation...


An article in a recent issue indicates your appreciation of Christian Science, and I am therefore sure you will be glad to correct a misapprehension that might occur from reading the statement in your columns. Christian Science is not will-power. The latter does not enter into its operations in any manner whatsoever. In fact, in so far as will-power enters into the effect, the results are a failure, because the purpose of Christian Science is to emphasize that thought expressed by the Master, "Not my will, but thine, be done."

As stated in the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, "Human will-power is not Science. Human will belongs to the so-called material senses, and its use is to be condemned. Willing the sick to recover is not the metaphysical practice of Christian Science, but is sheer animal magnetism" (p. 144). The healing and uplifting power of Christian Science results from the application of a demonstrable, scientific Principle, which is as exact as is the principle in mathematics or any other exact science. Christian Science brings to the human consciousness a realization of the all-presence, all-power, all-wisdom, and all-intelligence of God, and man as His image and likeness. This realization lifts and dissipates the shadow of disease, sin, discouragement, depression, and gloom, even as the sun dissipates the mists and darkness. We do not will away any of these manifestations of mortal mind and their accompanying evils, such as anger, selfishness, hate, etc., but understanding the allness of God, we rise to the consciousness of the nothingness of anything opposed to Him, and before that consciousness these manifestations disappear. The results are attained as indicated in the Scriptures, "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind."

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September 19, 1914

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