Counter Fact versus Counterfeit

When Paul wrote to the church at Rome, "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good," he stated the scientific method of healing discord of every kind. Christ Jesus had used the same method; and at the time Paul was employing it himself, the other disciples of the Master were likewise using it in healing disease and sin. Jesus stated the method, but in somewhat different terms, when he said to the Jews in the temple, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

Now, Christian Science enables those who understand its teachings to heal in exactly the same way as Jesus and his followers in the early church,—namely, by overcoming evil with good, or by judging "righteous judgment." But Christian Science goes into the Science of the method, making it intelligible to every earnest, honest student, equipping him to do the deeds Christ Jesus required of every one of his followers. Thus Christian Science shows that spiritual healing is not haphazard or empirical, but the result of the application of definite knowledge, or spiritual understanding of God, the divine Principle of being.

The first necessity, then, in order to heal through Christian Science, is to obtain accurate knowledge of God. Every one who would heal the sick in this way must obtain this knowledge; and it can be gained through the study of the textbooks of Christian Science,—the Bible and the works of Mrs. Eddy. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 141) Mrs. Eddy says of the healings of Christ Jesus: "In healing the sick and sinning, Jesus elaborated the fact that the healing effect followed the understanding of the divine Principle and of the Christ-spirit which governed the corporeal Jesus." And the divine Principle is God,—Truth, Life, and Love, infinite good. In contradiction to the material senses, upon which human experience is so largely based, Christian Science, because of the fact that divine Principle is infinite good, maintains that there is no reality in aught but good; that evil (so called) is a negation, an illusion of the so-called carnal or mortal mind. It was this understanding which Jesus so successfully employed in meeting the ills which afflict mankind.

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Two Trees
March 15, 1924

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