Christian Science practitioners undertake to base their lives...

Edinburgh Evening Dispatch

Christian Science practitioners undertake to base their lives on Jesus' command in the Sermon on the Mount, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." And, what is more, Christian Science teaches them that they will not be successful in their healing work unless they endeavor to carry out this undertaking. Your correspondent will find ample evidence of the early Christian Church's loss of spirituality in the second and third volumes of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." Gibbon makes it quite clear, for those who have doubts, that the church did at first heal the sick, as well as the sinning, but that soon it lost the power to do so. He says that profane spectacles replaced pure and spiritual worship among the Christian congregations; and, of course, such spectacles indicated not merely collective, but individual, falling away from the truth as it was first received.

The history of every Christian country contains instances of the healing of sickness, sin, and all kinds of discordant conditions through faith in Bible promises; but a very important point in connection with that fact is that none of those who received the benefit of such healing appear to have seen that it came through the operation of spiritual law. Mary Baker Eddy discovered spiritual law to be the power underlying every act of healing recorded of Jesus in the four gospels. She did not attempt to set down in writing what she had discovered until she had over and over again put it to practical test in the healing of all manner of disease.

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Letters from the Field
November 4, 1922

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