In a recent editorial under the caption, "Growing Old,"...

Palm Beach Post

In a recent editorial under the caption, "Growing Old," you stated in substance that through the exercise of the human mind or will over matter or the body, one might will himself into good health, long life, and so forth. This process of willing, or will-power, you declare to be the dogma upon which the Christian Science sect is founded. That your readers may be correctly informed, may I state that Christian Science is not founded upon any such hypothesis, but, rather, that Christian Science bases its teachings on the Scriptures, including the teachings of Christ Jesus. Christian Science rightly differentiates between the divine Mind, which is God, and the human or carnal mind, which Paul declared to be "enmity against God." The Mind of Christ recognizes man's sonship with the Father, and ascribes all power to God, Spirit, from which emanates all good. The human mind believes man to be material, to be separated from God, and under a decree of condemnation. From such beliefs emanates will-power, a blind, stubborn condition of thought, strongly tinctured with self-will and self-assertiveness, producing evil continually. In elaborating the fact that the human mind has no power to heal and save, the Master said, "I can of mine own self do nothing." The Christian Scientist, therefore, does not resort to will-power in an attempt to restore health or to prolong life. Knowing that men have access to God for every human need, he turns to the divine Mind for guidance, health, and salvation. On page 144 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, we read: "Willing the sick to recover is not the metaphysical practice of Christian Science, but is sheer animal magnetism. Human will-power may infringe the rights of man. It produces evil continually, and is not a factor in the realism of being."

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