Healing through Christian Science

Mrs. Eddy leaves one in no doubt as to the mental nature of disease. Throughout the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and her other writings she persistently declares the fact. And in doing so she prepares the way for the healing of disease through spiritual understanding; for once it is seen that disease (so called) is the result of erroneous thinking, it becomes evident that its cure must come about by the reversal of this thinking—in other words, by right thinking. On page 411 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy writes: "The procuring cause and foundation of all sickness is fear, ignorance, or sin. Disease is always induced by a false sense mentally entertained, not destroyed. Disease is an image of thought externalized."

The beginner in the study of Christian Science may not at once perceive that all disease is mental, the point of view being so different from that held by the generality of people. Is not the body material? Does not disease originate and persist in the body? Surely then it is material, they say. Plausible reasoning! But it takes for granted that which Christian Science does not admit, namely, the reality of matter. Christian Science, holding to the truth of the allness of God as Spirit, denies that matter is real, denies that the so-called material body is real, and maintains that what is called matter, in its every seeming form, is but an erroneous concept of mortal mind. And this so-called mind it defines as that mentality which appears to usurp the place of the one and only real intelligence, divine Mind. The body is thus entirely mental, an image in mortal mind; and disease is erroneous thought apparently externalized thereon.

What the Christian Scientist has to deal with, then are false beliefs, erroneous mental concepts. He refuses to believe in diseased matter, knowing that so-called matter is unreal. He is aware that when he is knowing that matter and disease are unreal he is directly opposing the beliefs of mortal mind, and that it is this opposition to the truth which gives him his work. This is certain: the moment the sick one senses the fact that in reality there is no disease, and the opposition to Truth ceases, the patient will find himself well. This may sound incredible to one ignorant of the power of spiritual understanding. But let him experience a healing of disease himself, or let him be instrumental in bringing about a healing for another, and his skepticism will vanish.

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Among the Churches
May 19, 1928

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