On page 419 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"...

The Christian Science Monitor

On page 419 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy, in the simplest of language, utters a warning which it were well the whole world pondered. "A moral question may hinder the recovery of the sick. Lurking error, lust, envy, revenge, malice, or hate," she writes, "will perpetuate or even create the belief in disease." The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science in these words draws attention to the fact that evil beliefs, of whatever name, not only perpetuate but cause disease. And in doing so Mrs. Eddy has helped to open the eyes of mankind in no uncertain manner to the essentially mental nature of sickness.

Now since what has just been stated is true, it follows that with the total destruction of evil there will be perfect freedom from disease. And has not this been proved, at least to some extent, by every human being? No one exists who has not seen the havoc which vice produces on humanity. And if the subject be examined more closely it will be found that every sick belief springs from the same source,—namely, the belief that matter is real substance, possessing sensation and controlling life. This belief is held by the majority today. Although Christ Jesus demonstrated the unreality of matter time and again in all the healings of sickness recorded of him, in his walking on the water, in his stilling of the tempest on the Sea of Galilee, and in his feeding the multitude when the disciples had only a few loaves and fishes at their disposal, still it is quite certain that the metaphysical meaning of his works has not been generally understood.

September 13, 1919

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