What is Disease?

What is the nature of disease? Christian Science answers the question. The answer was also known to Christ Jesus; and because of the fact he was able to heal all manner of disease. As we know the answer given by Christian Science, and realize its meaning, we also may heal disease. Mrs. Eddy's discovery of the nature of disease must be reckoned as among the greatest ever made. At the time she made it no one on earth was aware of it but herself; and when she announced it, the world in general jeered because it seemed an absurdity to the carnal mind.

What, then, is the answer to the question? It is that disease is unreal—illusion. Mrs. Eddy gives it indirectly, but most emphatically, when she writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 188), "What is termed disease does not exist." Disease not exist! Unbelievable, says the unspiritualized thought, the thought, that is, without an understanding of divine Science. But one has only to study Christian Science earnestly and impartially to find out that the statement is based on absolute and incontrovertible Truth. The reasoning is very simple. In Christian Science God is understood to be infinite good. Since God is infinite, nothing that is real exists outside of Himself. Consequently, what is called evil—the opposite of good—has no real existence. And disease is not good. Therefore disease is unreal; or, in other words, "disease does not exist."

What a wonderful discovery! As we think of it the words come to us from Jeremiah, "I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord." For what happens when the allness of God, good, and the unreality of disease are realized is that so-called disease is healed. That was Mrs. Eddy's experience; and it may be the experience of every obedient student of Christian Science, for everyone can put the method of Christian Science healing to the test for himself. In doing so one must first satisfy his reason as to the logical nature of the truth revealed by Christian Science as to the allness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil, including disease; then he should strive through affirmation of the truth to bring about the realization of it. And whenever he has reached the point of realization, he will find that the disease has commenced to disappear, or has already disappeared.

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The Lord's Supper
July 2, 1927

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