The Christian Scientist does not imagine he is sick, and...

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The Christian Scientist does not imagine he is sick, and he does not restore health by faith alone. He must begin with the understanding that God is Mind, Spirit, Soul; that He is infinite and perfect. Here we have a declaration that is without "variableness, neither shadow of turning." "Is the sick man sinful above all others?" writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 318 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Continuing, she answers: "No! but so far as he is discordant, he is not the image of God. Weary of their material beliefs, from which comes so much suffering, invalids grow more spiritual, as the error—or belief that life is in matter—yields to the reality of spiritual Life."

He who believes the human being to be the real man, thinks of himself as partly material and partly spiritual. He cannot explain it, but he thinks that his spiritual selfhood is somewhere in a material body, and that this body is being dominated by some material law and material supply, and that his spiritual selfhood to a great extent is controlled by the material body. Thus he believes that sickness has a material origin because it seems to be manifested to him on the body. What the world so much needs for its healing and progress, and what is coming to it daily and hourly, is the "scientific eternal consciousness of creation" (Science and Health, p. 263), which is supplying all the needs of man. The teachings of Christian Science are spiritual in nature, uniform in law, and practical in application.

The positive fact is that life is spiritual, not material; and in proportion as the belief that life is in matter disappears and the absolute truth is realized that the real man, the image and likeness of God, can manifest nothing but the qualities of the divine Mind, and is therefore perfect, health will be made manifest.

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September 22, 1923

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