Healing Disease and Sin

The aim of the Christian Scientist may be said to be the regeneration of mankind; and complete regeneration includes the healing of disease, the destruction of sin, the overcoming of suffering, sorrow, and lack, and the final triumph over death. Although the goal which the Christian Scientist has before him is ideal and may often seem afar off, he feels certain that it is right to aim at it; and he is rewarded, through his understanding of divine Truth, by many a demonstration over the afflictions to which reference has just been made.

Naturally enough, the healing of disease occupies a great deal of the Christian Scientist's attention. Sickness is an infliction to which mankind believes itself subject, often grievously subject; but having no pleasure in the aches and pains of the flesh, mankind is willing—yea, eager—to be rid of them. Thus it comes about that sick people usually do all they can to be well, trying this and that material remedy, changing from this to that climate, and turning for relief, often pathetically, to each new theory as it is propounded.

But mankind needs healing not only from sickness but also from sin. And here is where a strange anomaly comes in: mankind in general is far more ready to part with disease than with sin; and this, notwithstanding the fact that sin itself is often the progenitor of disease. Why is this? The reason is very simple. It is that men do not have pleasure in disease, but think they have pleasure in sin. Pain, discomfort, the disabilities which usually accompany sickness, they would gladly be rid of; but the sensuous pleasures of material sense, indulgence in which is sin, they tend to cling to, although receiving thereform only an utterly fictitious satisfaction.

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From the Directors
December 8, 1928

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