Christian Science bears neither relation nor resemblance...

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Christian Science bears neither relation nor resemblance to new-thought, nor does it "spring from the same root" or any similar source; neither is it a "modification" of newthought. New-thought is a product of the human mind, seeking by human mental methods to act upon human conditions. Christian Science is the antithesis of that system. Being based upon Christ Jesus' teachings, it declares with Jesus, "I can of mine own self do nothing: ... because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." Christian Science therefore repudiates and eschews human will, and seeks only to obey the Apostle Paul's admonition, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Mrs. Eddy makes it unmistakably clear in the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," that human will and Christian Science are farther asunder than the antipodes. Let one citation suffice. On page 451 of Science and Health, she writes, "Every Christian Scientist, every conscientious teacher of the Science of Mind-healing, knows that human will is not Christian Science, and he must recognize this in order to defend himself from the influence of human will." The many thousands of healings from sin, suffering, grief, poverty, disease, discord, and deformity, wrought through Christian Science, are not demonstrations of human will, nor of "concentration," nor of self-mesmerism, through the constant repetition of certain affirmations or formulas. They are wrought through prayer to omnipotent God, who is Love, the giver of "every good gift and every perfect gift." At the very outset of her great textbook, in its first sentence, Mrs. Eddy leaves no opening for mistake on this point. She there says (Science and Health, p. 1), "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love."

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