It is not the purpose of the writer to enter into a discussion...

Charleston Mail

It is not the purpose of the writer to enter into a discussion of mental suggestion or any of its numerous aliases,—hypnotism, mesmerism, autosuggestion (self-mesmerism), and so on. These are, one and all, products of the so-called human mind, the direct opposites of the power of God revealed by Christian Science, as any one may quickly discover by reading understandingly "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. Mrs. Eddy says, "God is Mind, and God is infinite; hence all is Mind" (Science and Health, p. 492). What Paul names the "carnal mind" and which Mrs. Eddy designates as "mortal mind," denies the above statement, and suffers from its own denial. Hence it cannot be healed of its suffering through drugs or dogma; suffering can only be cast out by the power of God. Jesus said, "And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? . . . But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you."

As to Hinduism, one point alone will suffice to show how unlike it is to Christian Science: the essence of Hinduism is the belief of final absorption of individuality in Spirit. Christian Science takes exactly the opposite view, teaching that man is the reflection of God, and therefore remains forever individual in the divine Mind. Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health, p. 288), "The suppositional warfare between truth and error is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spiritual senses and the testimony of the material senses, and this warfare between the Spirit and flesh will settle all questions through faith in and the understanding of divine Love."

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