To remove any misunderstanding regarding the character...


To remove any misunderstanding regarding the character of Christian Science healing which may have arisen from the article, "The Common Denominator of the Healing Professions," in a recent number of your publication, the privilege of placing before your readers a correct statement on that subject will be appreciated. The writer of the article under review correctly quoted Mrs. Eddy as admonishing students of Christian Science to seek to allay the fear of patients in order to bring about healing. The fear to be destroyed arises from the belief that the human mind or the physical body is capable of producing either an harmonious or a discordant experience, so that man is at the mercy of a capricious mental or physical organism. Such a condition of fear is overcome by the realization of man's inseparable relationship with God, in whom he lives, moves, and has his being, as the Scriptures teach, and through a conscious understanding of the omnipotence of divine Mind, God, the bestower of all good, unmixed with evil in any form.

Instead, therefore, of operating in any wise like "suggestive therapeutics," as intimated by your contributor, Christian Science accomplishes healing through the destruction of a belief in any form of "suggestion" of the human mind, and is the restoration of the divine healing practiced by Jesus and the early Christians. It may be best explained in Mrs. Eddy's own words as found on page xi of the Preface to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation." When quoting Mrs. Eddy's statement as to leaving to the surgeon the adjustment of broken or dislocated bones, until such time as the advancing age acknowledges divine Mind, God, as supreme, the writer stopped without giving the concluding sentence of the paragraph, which reads as follows: "However, it is but just to say that the author has already in her possession well-authenticated records of the cure, by herself and her students through mental surgery alone, of broken bones, dislocated joints, and spinal vertebrae" (Science and Health, p. 402). In addition to the experiences of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and students of her day, many testimonies of the healing of fractured bones, without material aid, have been given by Christian Science students in more recent years. We are indeed grateful for the progress thus far made in the understanding that God is the ever present, available help upon whom full reliance may be placed for relief from all ills.

October 30, 1926

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