Not Will Power

Some of those who have not carefully investigated Christian Science seem sometimes to get the impression that the healing which comes through its ministrations is the result of action of the human mind in some form. In view of all that may be read in current publications regarding so-called "concentration" and kindred subjects bearing upon what is commonly termed "modern psychology" or "mind over matter," it is, possibly, not strange that this very erroneous impression is obtained by the casual or even interested observer of Christian Science healing. One will not, however, have to read very far in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, before he finds what Christian Science teaches on this subject.

Jesus, pointing always to his works in proof of his words, showed by demonstration the way of salvation from all conditions to or unlike God, good, and he laid particular stress upon the fact that it was not his will but the will of the Father that did the works, and these works consisted of healing all manner of sin and disease and of overcoming even death. He came to bear witness of the truth about God, and he was particular to declare that "if I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true," and "I can of mine own self do nothing," plainly implying that the healing activity he expressed did not originate in him, but was the activity of God.

The Face of God
February 14, 1920

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