The writer of the column, captioned "To-day," asked, in...

Sioux City Tribune

The writer of the column, captioned "To-day," asked, in one paragraph of his article printed in a recent issue of your paper, this question: "Has mind power over matter, as Christian Scientists allege?" His query and subsequent remarks might be taken by some to intimate that Christian Scientists believe the human mind, so called, to be the means of affording relief from discords in human experience. Such inference, however, is wholly unwarranted by any teaching found in Christian Science. That the human mind frequently declares certain discordant conditions to prevail is not denied by Christian Science, which teaches that all human discord actually arises from the mortal, human mind and from that source alone. However, Christian Science also holds that mankind is not left to the mercy of such merciless control as mortal mind would wield over its unsuspecting subjects, but that the universe, including man, is governed by the one infinite divine Mind, God, whose righteous law rescues men from subserviency to any so-called law of mortal mind, which assumes authority to speak either for or against harmonious existence. The Christian Scientist can say with the Psalmist, "In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me," because he has been largely freed from both the fear of what the human mind predicts and the results of such predictions, when he learns through Christian Science that the Bible teaching of God's omnipotence, omnipresence, and availability is still to be relied upon.

Mrs. Eddy has many times stated in her various writings what constitutes Christian healing as taught in Christian Science, and a single quotation from her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" will suffice to inform your readers of its spiritual basis as opposed to dependence upon any material thing or the mortal, human mind. On page xi of the Preface to that book she writes: "Many imagine that the phenomena of physical healing in Christian Science present only a phase of the action of the human mind, which action in some unexplained way results in the cure of disease;" and she adds: "The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation."

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