Reason and Prayer

A lady said to a Christian Science practitioner one day : "I have been interested in Christian Science many years, and yet I have not been healed. Why is this, when so many others are healed, and often instantaneously?" This question, which often comes to the practitioner, is a legitimate one, and the correct answer should and does satisfy.

The reply was substantially this : Christian Science is an absolute science and will permit of no half-way measures in its demonstration. As Mrs. Eddy tells us, "Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down" (Science and Health, p. 462). Applied in its purity it is most reasonable that Christian Science should heal the sick and heal them quickly. That one has not been healed is certainly no fault of Christian Science, and without question the fault lies in the application of it. In this case the practitioner said to the patient, "Let us see if we cannot discover just where the trouble lies;" then turning to page 14 of the text-book, the practitioner read as follows : "Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual,—neither in nor of matter,—and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well." He was interrupted several times while reading this to be told that the patient had read this passage a thousand times, that she knew it by heart. "But," she was asked, "how often have you done this?" To this she replied, "How often have I done what?"

Love's Radiancy
October 21, 1916

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