A correspondent in your issue of January 29 considers...

Northern Whig

A correspondent in your issue of January 29 considers the teachings of "Practical Psychology" to be identical with those of Christian Science. I beg to correct this error, and to point out that such teaching is diametrically opposed to Christian Science; for in such teaching the human mind controls and varies its own phenomena through the human will, whereas Christian Science appeals to the divine will alone in bringing about its demonstrations of healing. The Christian Science prayer is the coming into harmony with God's will and letting that will be done "in earth, as it is in heaven." The divine will, understood and obeyed, naturally brings about health and harmony in human conditions. But in order to come into harmony with that will we must overcome self-will instead of increasing it by "concentrating" upon human desires and aims. We thus find out what God's will is for us, and so let that Mind be in us "which was also in Christ Jesus." There is a vast difference between the changing of a material condition through the so-called human will or by self-suggestion and learning to say with confidence, "Not my will, but thine, be done." As different are these two methods of working as those employed by Moses and the Egyptian magicians when they went before Pharaoh.

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