Please permit me to say a few words in your columns...


Please permit me to say a few words in your columns regarding suggestion. It dates back to ancient times, when spiritually minded men applied the law of God to human problems with marvelous results. The counterfeit of spiritual law is suggestion, which is merely an offshoot of the so-called human mind. Such systems, founded on human belief as they are, are very far from the healing method taught in the Bible, and practiced by Christ Jesus. The rule Christ Jesus laid down for the solving of human problems was this: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Knowing the truth is the very opposite of suggestion, from which the world has suffered and is suffering terribly. Talking sickness and sin acts as a form of mental suggestion, inducing one to believe in and suffer from those very things. Parading evil before one's thought is a prolific way of spreading it. A student, then, of autosuggestion, while claiming the ability to benefit himself through the application of suggestion, is unwittingly practicing suggestion to his own detriment as well as that of others.

Christian Science teaches that God is Spirit, and His creation spiritual; that all that God created is good, reflecting Him. The deduction, then, that evil is unreal—an illusion of material sense—must inevitably follow. On this basis Christian Science healing is performed. In fact, Christian Science heals the belief in superstition, ignorance, and mental suggestion, and lifts thought up to perfect God and perfect man—His image and likeness. Suggestion in any form implies a belief in good and evil. This belief terms evil as powerful or more powerful than good. On this basis hypnotism, spiritualism, theosophy, witchcraft, mental suggestion, autosuggestion, and all the etceteras of the so-called human mind are practiced. The student of Christian Science, through the study and application of its rules, increases his understanding of the allness of God, good, and at the same time overcomes his belief in evil as having power or dominion over him; while the student of suggestion struggles along, battling with evil as a reality, whereas it is a mere delusion of physical sense, to be put aside and replaced with good.

Mrs. Eddy taught that God is the divine Principle of all. On page 273 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" she says: "Human belief has sought out many inventions, but not one of them can solve the problem of being without the divine Principle of divine Science. Deductions from material hypotheses are not scientific. They differ from real Science because they are not based on the divine law. Divine Science reverses the false testimony of the material senses, and thus tears away the foundations of error."

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