In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 380), Mrs. Eddy makes the following arresting statement: "Many years ago the author made a spiritual discovery, the scientific evidence of which has accumulated to prove that the divine Mind produces in man health, harmony, and immortality." A wonderful spiritual discovery it certainly was, that man's "health, harmony, and immortality" are directly due to God, divine Mind! In thinking of it, the words of Paul in his address to the men of Athens on Mars hill occur to one, when he referred to God as He that "giveth to all life, and breath, and all things," and also those of Jeremiah: "I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord." In these utterances God is acknowledged as the giver of health and the bestower of life.

There are various ways of looking at the question of health. First, one may survey it from the point of view of absolute Science. Christian Science reveals God as infinite and perfect Mind, the creator of all that exists; and creation, including man, it holds to be perfect, even as the creator is perfect. This is the same as saying that man, the real or spiritual man, who is God's creation, is in the possession of all good, including "health, harmony, and immortality." Nothing can alter that spiritual fact; nothing can destroy it. It has always been true; it is true now; it will ever be true. And as it is a fundamental truth in Christian Science that God and His creation, man, are perfect, it is necessary to know this truth if one would heal the sick as Christ Jesus did.

There is another angle from which the question of health may be viewed. Men think two kinds of thoughts, good and evil. If they think good thoughts, —that is, thoughts which are loving, honest, pure, upright, compassionate, spiritual, —what results? Health and harmony. But if they think evil thoughts,— that is, thoughts which are unloving, unkind, dishonest, impure, unrighteous, unspiritual, —what happens? Sickness and inharmony. There is an inflexible spiritual law which decrees that righteous thinking carries with it its own reward, and unrighteous thinking its own punishment. But since God is infinite Mind, man, who is Mind's creation or idea, must reflect divine Mind. Hence every righteous thought, or every good quality in our thinking, is derived from divine Mind. It follows, therefore, that since good thoughts produce health and harmony, these are directly due to God, divine Mind.

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