It is generally recognized and acknowledged that the...


It is generally recognized and acknowledged that the so-called human mind is the sole agency employed by those who experiment with the theories classified as new-thought, mental science, and autosuggestion. Therein lies one of the chief points of difference between such theories and Christian Science. The basis of Christian Science teaching and practice is the great spiritual fact that there is one infinite, perfect intelligence, or divine Mind, which is omnipotent and omniactive in goodness, and whose law is the law of harmony, health, and freedom. This fact is capable of proof here and now in the degree that one conforms his thinking and living to divine Mind according to the Scriptural injunction, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 453) Mrs. Eddy says: "A Christian Scientist's medicine is Mind, the divine Truth that makes man free. A Christian Scientist never recommends material hygiene, never manipulates. He does not trespass on the rights of mind nor can he practise animal magnetism or hypnotism." Not only does a Christian Scientist never manipulate the human body, but he also never attempts to manipulate the so-called human mind. One who employs suggestive methods virtually prays, Not your will, but mine be done; whereas Christian Scientists are taught to pray, Not human will, but divine will, be done. Furthermore, Christian Scientists are taught that their lives must attest the sincerity of their prayers.

When the opponents of Christ Jesus accused him of employing suggestive and hypnotic methods in his healing ministry, saying that he cast out evils "by Beelzebub the prince of the devils," he refuted the charge by his words and works. Christian Science, which has brought about the restoration of primitive Christianity, likewise substantiates the logic of its precepts with the unanswerable argument of good works; for by means of Christian Science the sick are healed, the sinner is reformed and thereby is saved from sin, and the practical method of spiritualizing thought, motive, aim, and endeavor is made plain and attractive to mankind. This is in line with, and in fulfillment of, Christ Jesus' promise, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also."

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