It is plainly evident from what you have written editorially...

Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal

It is plainly evident from what you have written editorially that you do not believe that mental suggestion will settle the coal question. Just as emphatically is every Christian Scientist convinced that mental suggestion will not solve his problems, either of sickness or of supply. You have admitted—by implication at least—that there is plenty of coal, and we in Ohio would not need to suffer if mistakes and ignorance were eliminated from the management of the business. You agree that there is a right condition which should exist, and which would provide warmth and harmony for every home and business,—that there is no actual shortage of coal.

So, likewise, Christian Science says there is no deficiency of health, of happiness, or of supply. Whatever is necessary for our harmonious existence has been provided by a loving and compassionate Father. Such is the birthright of every one of us. But in our ignorance and false education we have strayed away from this perfect state, and, like the prodigal son, need to return by knowing the truth about God and His creation. Jesus, the Wayshower, said: "If ye continue in my word, ... ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." This knowing is the method of procedure in Christian Science, and necessitates the overcoming of one's false beliefs. Consequently it is not simply the willing a thing to come to pass, or the practice of self-deception, to bring right results. Imagination will not solve a problem in mathematics, nor will a similar mental process produce the right answer when working out our life problems. On page 251 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the textbook of Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy has written: "Ignorance, like intentional wrong, is not Science. Ignorance must be seen and corrected before we can attain harmony."

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