Laws of Health

The commonly accepted view is that health is dependent in large measure upon the observance of certain rules generally termed laws of health or of hygiene. As a consequence, most persons seem in bondage to a multitude of these so-called laws, most of which have nothing to do with righteousness. The individual who believes in these laws suffers constantly from fear. He thinks he must refrain from doing many things which he would like to do, and perhaps ought to do; or, having done some prohibited thing, such as sitting in a draft of air, for example, he thinks he must pay the penalty by having some form of disease.

Christian Scientists believe not at all in such material laws of health; and they are able, in proportion to their understanding of Truth, to rise step by step above the necessity of giving them consideration in practice. It must not be supposed, however, that Christian Scientists do not have laws of health. They have two great laws. When the lawyer stood up and tempted Jesus, asking him, "Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said, "What is written in the law? how readest thou?" To this the lawyer answered, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." And Jesus replied, "Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live."

Daily Mental Cultivation
July 7, 1923

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