In your recent issue you have an editorial article on...

Kentish Observer

In your recent issue you have an editorial article on a speech in which are given the speaker's views on faith healing, and in which he implies that Christian Science is faith healing, as that term is commonly understood. This, however, is not so. From most of the articles one sees written on this subject, it is clear that the writers have not understood the meaning of the word: faith "faith." In the chapter of the epistle to the Hebrews, faith is referred to as "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ... Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." Could there be clearer evidence than this that the true universe, including man, is spiritual, and not material as it appears to be to the physical senses? The chapter continues to rehearse the wonderful results obtained through their faith, by certain persons mentioned in the Old Testament. Belief in God is the first step towards attaining faith. On page 297 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes: "Faith is higher and more spiritual than belief. It is a chrysalis state of human thought, in which spiritual evidence, contradicting the testimony of material sense, begins to appear, and Truth, the ever-present, is becoming understood." She also writes on the same page, "Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes spiritual understanding, human thought has little relation to the actual or divine." From this it will be seen that Christian Science healing is not produced by suggestion or through blind belief in God.

February 12, 1927

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