When our critic has studied Christian Science a little more...

The Inquirer

When our critic has studied Christian Science a little more carefully, one of the first things he will discover is the mental nature of disease. The human body is the expression of the human mind, and no function or action can take place without the sanction of the human mind. Heart disease is just as much a product of this mind as pulsation. Such thoughts as fear, envy, hatred, jealousy, malice, lust, anger, and the like, will produce bad physical conditions. These are the mental conditions that Christian Science destroys, thereby freeing the victims from their physical effects. The destruction of these erroneous mental conditions is brought about by instructing the individual who is harboring them as to their erroneous and therefore unreal nature, showing him the suffering they bring, and replacing them with the divine Mind, the Mind which was in Christ Jesus. In order to understand Christian Science, a clear line must be drawn between the eternal and the temporal, the immortal and the mortal, the infinite and the finite, the spiritual and the material, the real and the unreal.

In a second letter our critic seems to express doubt as to whether the understanding of the spiritual fact about anything will have any effect on physical discord. He has only to turn to the Bible, where he will find case after case in which the application of spiritual understanding has healed all manner of disease, raised the dead, multiplied oil and meal, loaves and fishes, and reformed the sinner. Take, for example, the case mentioned in the third chapter of Acts, of the man "lame from his mother's womb." Peter and John saw this man lying at the gate of the temple. Peter took him by the hand, and knowing that he had an understanding of a spiritual fact which was infinitely more valuable than gold or silver, said, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." And the record says of the lame man that "immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength."

December 14, 1918

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