A statement as fairly applicable to poverty as to disease...

The Aberdeen (Wash.) Herald

A statement as fairly applicable to poverty as to disease appears on page 460 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and reads: "Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal,—that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction. It is therefore to be dealt with through right apprehension of the truth of being." The conclusion of the same paragraph denounces "the superficial and cold assertion, 'Nothing ails you.'"

Now the "truth of being," an apprehension of which solves every problem, is not mere truth about relative things and sensible phenomena, but is "the" truth of which the Bible has much to say, which Jesus acknowledged as the very essence of his being and recognized as eternal, and a knowledge of which, he stated, would make us free. It is that truth which, when applied to any human relationship, brings absolute perfection to light. So wide is its application that is Christian Science it is always begun with a capital letter, Truth, when used as a synonym for God; and as men have perceived its application to human affairs they have chosen for its transforming effulgence those names which brought to them some hint of its power, none of which is better known or loved than that by which we call Jesus of Nazareth,—the Christ.

Christian Science does not consist in a mere repetition by rote of the words "nothing ails you," but by degrees it brings about a scientific understanding of all human relationships, including those of the business world. In the light of that understanding, poverty is not only imaginary; it is an illusion, from which one awakes just as he awakes from any other dream, when he learns that it is a dream and not the reality it seemed to be. To relieve a dreamer of his distress the most sensible course is to wake him up. The experiment of waking up to the truth about disease of "mind, body, or estate" can be easily made, and always brings about a better state of affairs.

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