In the article, "Psychology and Drugs," the assertion...

In the article, "Psychology and Drugs," the assertion is made that the sick man's confidence in his doctor (one of the physician's greatest assets) is of the same general nature as the "mysterious mental phenomenon which frequently controls physical conditions," and which has "been capitalized by faith cure and Christian Science." That there is anything mysterious about Christian Science and its healing influence, is true only so far as that which is unfamiliar is mysterious; for the mystery disappears with understanding. To the material consciousness, educated to look to matter for cause and cure, ignoring the all-power and all-presence of God, Christian Science healing seems intangible, vague, and unreal. Mrs. Eddy has expressed this very definitely on page 145 of Science and Health: "If there is any mystery in Christian healing, it is the mystery which godliness always presents to the ungodly,—the mystery always arising from ignorance of the laws of eternal and unerring Mind."

The student of Christian Science learns that healing results, not from the operation of some mysterious power, but rather from the coming into consciousness of Christ, Truth, the spiritual helper, the understanding of what God is, and of real existence; and this understanding destroys "the illusion of material sense" which, as we read in Science and Health (p. 227), "has bound you, entangled your free limbs, crippled your capacities, enfeebled your body, and defaced the tablet of your being." The healing ministry of Christian Science is in conformity to the direct command of the man from Nazareth, as practiced by him and his disciples and followers for nearly three centuries. That these healings were made by spiritual means, and that even the dead were raised, is asserted by no less an authority than the historian Gibbon. This regenerating religion is again operative, and in our midst; and the sick are healed, the blind made to see, and to the poor the gospel is preached as in the early years of the Christian era.

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