Christian Science does not accomplish its healing works...

Bexhill Observer

Christian Science does not accomplish its healing works by the theory that mind can triumph over matter. So-called matter being the outcome of the carnal mind, will, in belief, last as long as this mind holds sway, and no longer. The work of the Christian Scientist is to renounce the carnal mind as incompetent to heal or deliver, it being, as Paul says in his epistle to the Romans, "enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." In Christian Science the divine Mind, God, is recognized as the only Mind; and its followers heal the sick through prayer, by realizing the presence and power of that Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus." In denying the existence of matter, and in proclaiming and affirming the ever-presence of the divine Mind and its creation, its law and power, they are enabled to accomplish the healing works. On page 468 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all." Thus the carnal mind and its manifestation, the flesh which profiteth nothing, are repudiated. To hold God responsible for matter, with its fatal tendencies, is surely evil's greatest deception, binding men with fetters.

Evidently the critic is unacquainted with the unselfish work of Christian Science practitioners, who spend their lives in raising up just these "dregs of society" he mentions, giving them a truer sense of life, and showing them man's true being as the child of God, the image and likeness of Himself. They go wherever called to help mankind; and learn that as they "seek ... first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness" everything necessary for their well-being is added unto them, as Jesus promised it would be. He who said, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on," so well understood the ever-presence of God's abundance, that he wore the seamless robe, fed the multitude, and never lacked anything which was necessary and right.

Their religion has brought to Christian Scientists the knowledge of God, "whom to know aright is Life eternal" (Science and Health, Pref., p. vii). As they study and practice its teachings, their lives become proportionately purified, their characters uplifted. When faced with despair, or the sins and diseases of humanity, they no longer stand helplessly by, but, filled with the wonderful assurance that God and His laws were never more omnipotent than they are to-day, that His power has never waned, that His love and compassion are infinite and at hand, they are enabled to lift the heavy burdens and heal disease and sin.

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