Christian Scientists, more than others, perhaps, can appreciate...

Chronicle Telegraph

Christian Scientists, more than others, perhaps, can appreciate Dr. Frank Crane's editorial in your recent issue, which holds the character and quality of thought as primarily responsible for the condition of mankind, be it good or bad. To them it seems strange that the importance of this viewpoint has not been more generally accepted. As Dr. Crane mentions the Coue system as having, in one respect, the same basis as Christian Science, will you, therefore, permit me to say that while the control of thought enters into the two teachings mentioned, they are fundamentally different in basis and method. The Coue system has no scientific basis, and its exercise consists in trying blindly to believe that which, in some instances at least, may not be true. It is a form of hypnotism which any one can practice, with ill intent and evil effects if he so desires. Christian Science, on the other hand, teaches how to give up "our control of our thoughts" for divine control; as Isaiah represents God as saying: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." Hence the importance of the source of control. "Not my will, but thine, be done," is the working basis of Christian Science. This involves spiritual understanding, the ability to discriminate, with scientific certainty, between what is humanly mental and divine Mind. Results obtained in mental healing that do not rest on this basis are not the same, nor are they so beneficial, as the regenerative effects of Christian Science.

In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 4) Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes: "Thought imbued with purity, Truth, and Love, instructed in the Science of metaphysical healing, is the most potent and desirable remedial agent on the earth. At this period there is a marked tendency of mortal mind to plant mental healing on the basis of hypnotism, calling this method 'mental science.' All Science is Christian Science; the Science of the Mind that is God, and of the universe as His idea, and their relation to each other. Its only power to heal is its power to do good, not evil."

December 5, 1925

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