Please permit us to make a short reply to the critic...


Please permit us to make a short reply to the critic in Morgenavisen of recent date. In Exodus 15:26 we read, "I am the Lord that healeth thee." The Bible contains many statements about healings by the help of God. That Christian healing is wholly of another nature than suggestion or hypnotism appears from the words of Jesus: "I can of mine own self do nothing," and, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The good which may seem to result from suggestion comes from the fact that the person who commits himself to the will power of another has at that moment no control of his own thoughts, a condition that can be of no real benefit to the individual. Every one has always the right to seek help from God, to commit himself to the government of God, and to be influenced by the divine Mind alone; and that which is really good can never produce evil.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (pp. 495, 496): "In the Science of Mind, you will soon ascertain that error cannot destroy error. You will also learn that in Science there is no transfer of evil suggestions from one mortal to another, for there is but one Mind, and this ever-present omnipotent Mind is reflected by man and governs the entire universe." When faith in God is supreme, the belief in the power of suggestion will vanish. Men are responsible for their thoughts and prayers; so when our critic says that "also prayer may be used falsely," such prayer cannot be a believer's prayer to God, or rightly have the name of prayer. "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss."

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