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Healing through Truth
TO some people Christian Science healing comes instantaneously, to others it seems slow; but the process is the same with all. Healing always comes when false beliefs are replaced by right ideas, when mental reconstruction has been accomplished. Mrs. Eddy plainly tells us that the cause of all disease is either fear, sin, or ignorance; therefore when fear, sin, and ignorance are removed through Truth, healing must inevitably take place. In instantaneous healing the lowering clouds of fearful, sinful, and ignorant thinking are cleared away at once by the resplendent light of Truth's appearing. In other cases it seems to take longer to dispel the erroneous mental state, but the mists must eventually disappear, because God is good and the only power. It is quite evident that health, happiness, and harmony, yes, the kingdom of heaven, must come into every person's experience just in the proportion that right thoughts based upon Truth constitute his thinking.
Jesus declared, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," and he proved all that he said by his wonderful works of healing. He constantly expressed the truth in word and in deed. Because he was a clear transparency for the light of divine Truth, only pure, righteous, and loving thoughts were entertained by Jesus. He clearly understood the truth, even though he did not directly answer Pilate's question, "What is truth?" Mrs. Eddy has given to us the clear, scientific definition and explanation of Truth. We learn in Christian Science that Truth is God, the infinite, omniscient Mind, whence proceeds only that which is good, real, and eternal. The opposite of Truth or the absence of Truth must be nonexistence, or a lie. Error, matter, sin, sickness, death, all evil, all discord, all imperfections, are simply false beliefs, illusions,—which seem to be, but really are not. Truth is divine Principle, Spirit, Life, Soul, perfect Love. Truth's expression or idea is the real man, defined in Genesis as God's image and likeness.
On page 295 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes: "The mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which has lost much materiality—much error—in order to become a better transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no longer hides the sun." Only pure living and right thinking will enable the Christian Scientist to become a clear transparency for Truth. As we yearn to grow more Christlike and as we express this pure desire by being patient under difficulties, by being kind and loving in the midst of jarring discords, so we learn to rise above self-will, selfpity, self-esteem, self-pride, all selfishness. As we succeed in conquering self, in overcoming our own errors, we gain humility and become better able to help others in the battle of life.
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Love and Fear
Healing through Truth
LUELLA M. MAC ARTHUR
A Flood Tide of Love
"Lord, teach us to pray"
EUGENIE PAUL JEFFERSON
"Could ye not watch?"
L. D. CRABTREE
SALLIE E. TABOR
The kindly and tolerant thought toward Christian Science,...
W. Stuart Booth
Christian Science has awakened the human consciousness...
Willis D. McKinstry
Our critic says, "We do not dispute for a minute as to...
Willard J. Welch
Symptoms of Recovery
William P. McKenzie
Ella W. Hoag
with contributions from Anna G. Herring, Ervin E. Eldridge, Elmer E. Nordwall, Stirling Horner, Elmer B. Sanford, Oliver S. Brown, Frederick P. Burrall, James Stratton Taylor, Kate E. Thew, E. G. Bradley, Harold L. Ransom, Percie Proctor
Christian Science has meant everything to me, and it is...
Mary Seymour Stryker
It is now over five years since I took up the study of...
A. Holzman with contributions from Dorah Holzman Merz
All that I am, and all that I possess, I owe entirely to the...
Reginald J. Chandler
In 1901 I went to Oregon for a change of climate because...
For many years I was an earnest seeker after truth, and...
I am thankful to have the privilege of adding my testimony...
Ezra S. Wenrich
It is with sincere gratitude that I give this testimony
Lucy C. Osborn
I could not begin to enumerate the blessings Christian Science...
Garnett Johnson Pratt