In a letter by a doctor in a recent issue he again places...


In a letter by a doctor in a recent issue he again places Christian Science among the various methods of mind cure, such as mesmerism, hypnotism, Couéism, psychoanalysis, and so forth. He says: "Let us all recognize that we have been endowed with that most wonderful, yet little understood, organ—the mind. Let us all try to make use of its powers for the sake of suffering humanity." The great difference between the doctor's theory and Christian Science is that he believes in the power of the human mind to heal that mind and its attendant ills, whereas in Christian Science it is not the human mind which is appealed to or set into operation, for it is recognized that this limited, so-called mind—which the Scriptures tell us is "enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be"—is the cause of all human ills, and can be neither a reliable nor powerful instrument with which to destroy the ills for which it is responsible. It is accepted by all Christians that the greatest healer the world has ever known, Christ Jesus, was the Way-shower as to the true method of spiritual healing; and in studying the Gospels it is seen that his mighty healing works were accomplished neither by suggestion, hypnotism, nor any belief in the power of the human mind. Obviously, throgh no such instrumentality could he have raised Lazarus from the dead, for he said, "I can of mine own self do nothing." He appealed to, and recognized as unceasingly operative, a power outside, above, and beyond the human mind; and that power is God.

Christian Scientists have a reason for the hope that is in them; for they are looking for, and experiencing in some measure, deliverance from the deep waters of humanity's afflictions and trials, not through the power of that "organ—the mind," but by that which is an unfailing remedy for that mind—the discernment of the power, presence, government, and laws of Almighty God, eternal Mind, the creator of all good. The sick are healed as it is seen that no belief in an opposite power can possibly interfere with or alter the fundamental facts about God, and about man made in His image and likeness. This verity understood and affirmed causes the human mind to relinquish its false beliefs—sin and disease—not through suggestion, but through the invincible, unfailing power of that which is divinely and eternally true. On page 275 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes: "Truth, spiritually discerned, is scientifically understood. It casts out error and heals the sick."

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It is easier to pull down than to construct
June 9, 1928

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