The word "healer" does not properly apply to one who...

Artesian Commonwealth

The word "healer" does not properly apply to one who practices Christian Science, for it is not the person or personal effort of a Christian Scientist which accomplishes healing, but the power of God. Jesus said, "I can of mine own self do nothing," and we follow his teaching. The opening words of the first chapter of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, are, "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is and absolute faith that all things are possible to God,–a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love."

All Christian Scientists endeavor to practice their religion in all things, some applying it only within the circle of their own experiences, and others, called practitioners, consecrating a large part or all of their time in ministering to others who desire their assistance. Our critic implies that becoming a Christian Science practitioner is an easy matter, requiring no special qualifications; but this is not so. Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health, p. 366), "In order to cure his patient, the metaphysician must first cast moral evils out of himself and thus attain the spiritual freedom which will enable him to cast physical evils out of his patient."

September 23, 1922

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