An editorial recently published in your paper gives a review...


An editorial recently published in your paper gives a review of a profoundly interesting theme. It briefly epitomizes the growing tendency to look for health of body to a source outside the body itself. The world is torn with conflicting opinions concerning Spirit, Mind, matter, and the nature of health and disease; and this is, in itself, reason for encouragement. It is a sign of the times. It indicates the breaking up of erroneous theories and the approach to a state more nearly approximating the truth Jesus came to give. For example, concerning the old theory of the nature and whereabouts of mind, Professor Troude states in the Scientific Review, "They have furnished me with the full facts, citing war-time operations, where all parts of the brain were removed without impairing the mental faculties." This world-wide questioning is the outward effect of the gradual working in human consciousness of the truth Mrs. Eddy discovered in 1866. Think of the statement above, and then read Mrs. Eddy's words written half a century before in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 372, 259): "Remember, brain is not mind;" "Brain or matter never formed a human concept."

We need to realize that Jesus' concept of selfhood was far higher than that of the poor mortals who sought to impede his ministry. Jesus taught definitely that we must "eat the flesh of the Son of man." Was this flesh matter? A few sentences farther on we find him saying, "The flesh profiteth nothing." He was exhorting his students to raise their thoughts to the true understanding of Life as God. Again he spoke of the body as "this" and "it," and said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." His concept of life was purely spiritual; and on this basis he overcame all opposition from church and creed, and demonstrated that the evil effects of the erroneous beliefs called sin, sickness, and death are not sent by God, and do not form a part of God's kingdom. Christian Science teaches that the carnal or mortal mind, in belief, produces them, and that to this so-called mind they seem real, but that in the proportion that human experience is imbued with Life divine, these inevitably disappear.

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