In a recent issue, reference was made to a sermon by a...

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In a recent issue, reference was made to a sermon by a clergyman which contained the following: "Jesus would never deny the reality of pain, and would not tell those in our hospitals that their pain was imaginary, and as a matter of mind only, as some do." Many of your readers have taken this as referring to Christian Science. I do not know what the speaker intended to infer; I do know, however, that the words do not apply to Christian Science, which is based particularly on the words and works of Christ Jesus. Its followers strive to emulate Jesus' example, including his wonderful compassion, kindness, and brotherly love. Irrespective of the fact that the cause of all disease is mental, the assertion, "Nothing ails you," is referred to by Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 460) as "superficial and cold;" and she also states, "Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal,—that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction."

Regarding the statement that Jesus would advise the continuation of material methods of healing, it is, of course, inconceivable that he would have attempted to interfere with the conscientious convictions of others, or deny them the right to choose the method of healing which appealed to them. Jesus' exact knowledge of the Scriptures certainly included the truth expressed by the Psalmist when he referred to the Lord as He "who healeth all thy diseases." Undoubtedly Jesus understood and practiced the positive, scientific law of divine healing, which cannot be improved on by material methods.

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February 4, 1928

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