A critic would evidently have us believe that the healing...


A critic would evidently have us believe that the healing of disease by spiritual means is identical with and inseparable from mysticism and superstition, and is due to nothing more than a blind faith in the power of God. Speaking only for Christian Science, and without reference to the other modes of healing to which he may have been referring, I will say that such views are entirely without foundation in fact. As evidence of this I shall quote as follows from page 1 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy: "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love." This passage briefly but clearly sets forth the fact that it is faith, based upon spiritual understanding, by means of which healing is effected in the practice of Christian Science.

Christian Scientists hold that this understanding consists in knowing that truth to which the Master refers when he says, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." It is interesting at this point to note the Master's significant use of the word "know" in connection with the truth. He says nothing about resting our hope of salvation from sin and disease upon a blind faith in the truth, but distinctly says that we must know—understand—the truth; and it is the dawning of this understanding which, according to Christian Science, marks the birth hour of that faith which heals the sick.

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