Christian Science is no more "the philosophy of nothingness"...

Western Medical Times

Christian Science is no more "the philosophy of nothingness" than is the teaching of the Master. However, it may be readily seen how a casual and critical observer might be thus mistaken. The basis of Christian Science is Scriptural, even the omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence of God, who is Spirit, Life, Truth, and Love, and is good in nature and expression. From this premise, and following the example of Christ Jesus, Christian Science logically designates as errors of mortal, material sense everything unlike God or good, which includes sin, sickness, and death. That these errors can be overcome or disproved now, even as Christ Jesus disproved them, has been shown by the widespread acceptance of Christian Science, which is due to the large measure of success attained in its practice. The spiritual method and means of Christian Science practice are succinctly stated by Jesus: "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Evidently such knowing should not be confused with or identified as the knowledge commonly associated with Gnosticism. The nothingness of sin and disease is not realized and proved by a mere flippant denial of their verity. It requires spiritual desire, activity, and effort, a thinking and living in at least approximate accord with divine Mind. From this it will be seen that Christian Science precept and practice are not negative in nature. As Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 418): "Truth is affirmative, and confers harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this simple rule of Truth, which governs all reality. By the truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will heal the sick." Those who have felt the beneficent, healing touch of Christian Science know thereby that Christian Science has given to them the true sense of God, "which brings nigh His love and His mercy," the need of which was voiced by the writer on Gnosticism.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.