A recent issue reports a public address in which the...


A recent issue reports a public address in which the speaker makes kindly reference to Christian Science, but in connection with other methods of healing purporting to be mental or spiritual. Inasmuch as the speaker coupled Christian Science with new-thought, psychology, and psychotherapy, with it has nothing in common, and stated that faith "is now recognized as the central principle by these various schools," may I say that Christian Science is not a faith cure, as that term is commonly used, and that it differs from the other forms of healing mentioned in that it bases its teaching and practice upon spiritual understanding. Such understanding gives healing a scientific basis. It does not rely upon blind hope or faith, or upon suggestion or any other human agency, but upon the Scriptural teaching that there is but one creator who made all and made it good; whose creation never changes, because it is like Him—unchangeable.

Referring to forms of healing dependent upon faith alone, Mrs. Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says in "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 54), "The faith-cure has devout followers, whose Christian practice is far in advance of their theory." She clearly that lack of spiritual understanding was and is the reason why so many prayers of devout Christians remained unanswered. Mrs. Eddy said, also (ibid.): "Millions are believing in God, or good, without bearing the fruits of goodness, not having reached its Science. Belief is virtually blindness, when it admits Truth without understanding it." Now the Science of Mind-healing is not attained without understanding that, as the Father, in the words of Christ Jesus, "maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust," so He provides health for His children. Christ Jesus taught, and he and his early followers demonstrated, this great fact. Mrs. Eddy discovered in his teaching and practice the great Science of Christianity, an understanding of which, even in small degree, does wonders for the spiritual, moral, and physical welfare of mankind. Following the above quotations, Mrs. Eddy truly said (ibid.), "The work of healing, in the Science of Mind, is the most sacred and salutary power which can be wielded."

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