You gave in a recent issue of the Guardian the address...


You gave in a recent issue of the Guardian the address of the incoming president of the British Medical Association, who is to be congratulated on the generous manner in which he reviewed the question of religious healing. One statement he made, however, which reads, "I say with confidence that any systematized creed which professes to dispense with the art of medicine and surgery is false to the divine," cannot be said to have its origin in truth. The great Exemplar of healing, Christ Jesus, neither in his practice nor in his teachings, indicated that the art of medicine or surgery might be effectually used to augment the power of God, the divine Mind, in the cure of disease and the establishing of health. Christ Jesus certainly taught the Science of health, but on a purely spiritual basis — that of the allness of Mind. Nowhere in the New Testament can be found an instance where he advised the use of material means and methods, or said that to refrain from their use would be proof of disloyalty to God; but he did say, "If I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you."

Those who have experienced the amenities of divine healing through the ministry of Christian Science, the teachings of which are based altogether on the Holy Scriptures and inculcate complete reliance on the divine Mind, can say with equal assurance that their fidelity to God has been appreciably increased, not diminished nor misplaced, as a result of this experience; and this, too, as a rule, when other systems have failed them. Nor could any fair-minded individual fail to entertain any thought but one of the highest esteem for those members of the medical profession whose untiring efforts are made on the behalf of suffering humanity. But it is futile to discredit a system of healing which has proved beyond cavil that there is but one basis for real healing—that of the allness of divine Mind. Any attempt to work from two bases—Mind and matter—must result in the breaking of the first and great commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."

December 25, 1926

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