To those who do not understand Christian Science it...

Florence (Colo.) Paradox

To those who do not understand Christian Science it may appear that one trusting therein for his help in time of sickness is doing nothing and is suffering from neglect. This misunderstanding is corrected, however, when it is learned that Christian Science treatment is prayer based on spiritual understanding, even "the prayer of faith," which the Bible promises "shall save the sick." Since God is omnipotent, and God's law of harmony, perfection, and freedom is omniactive, it is obvious that those who turn to God and His law for protection and deliverance, as Christ Jesus directed, are thereby depending upon the spiritual power and presence used by the Master, the one healer who never lost a case. Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 344), "There are various methods of treating disease, which are not included in the commonly accepted systems; but there is only one which should be presented to the whole world, and that is the Christian Science which Jesus preached and practised and left to us as his rich legacy." Of course Christ Jesus, in healing the sick and otherwise verifying the divinity of his preaching, worked in exact accord with God's will, even as he said. Now since God, good, divine Principle, is, as James says, without variableness or shadow of turning, it follows that since it was God's will that the sick be healed by spiritual means alone in the first century, it is God's will to-day and always that spiritual means be used in time of trouble. Christian Scientists believe this, not only because it accords with Scripture, but also because it has been proved to them to be vital and applicable to everyday problems.

The law of God never fails, although men may fall short in their apprehension and application of it. However, it should be made clear that Christian Scientists are not working primarily to heal the body, but to have that Mind in them "which was also in Christ Jesus;" that they are humbly endeavoring to obey the Master's injunction, "Take no thought ... for your body ... But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness," knowing that as they so do the attached promise, "All these things shall be added unto you," will be fulfilled.

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