Christian Science is the antithesis of mental suggestion,...


Christian Science is the antithesis of mental suggestion, no matter in what form the latter may be presented or what name may be given to it. Mental suggestion originates in the human, mortal mind, the carnal mind which Paul declares "is enmity against God." Through the false beliefs entertained by this mind come all the sin, sickness, discord, and inharmony with which mortals seem to be beset. Mortal mind, being material, its processes are material. Since it is the supposed cause of disease and suffering, and believes these evils to be real, it is vain to suppose that through its operation it is able to cure the evil it has produced. Christian Science, on the other hand, is based solely on the Bible. It accepts unreservedly the precepts and the practices of Jesus, in conformity with the Scriptures. It teaches the omnipotence of God, as did the Master. It accepts the Bible statements that God, Spirit, created all and called it good, and that He made man in His own image and likeness. The real man of God's creating must be spiritual, reflecting only God. It was the understanding of these truths which enabled Christ Jesus to heal the sick in the first century; and it is the same understanding through which Christian Scientists are successfully doing the healing work to-day. The process is wholly spiritual. Christian Science is therefore essentially Christian; and because the truths it teaches are demonstrable, it is scientific. In referring to systems of so-called mind cure which have sprung up and to which our critic likens Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy writes on page 185 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," as follows: "Such theories have no relationship to Christian Science, which rests on the conception of God as the only Life, substance, and intelligence, and excludes the human mind as a spiritual factor in the healing work."

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