The Master's immediate disciples demonstrated the divine...


The Master's immediate disciples demonstrated the divine power over sin, sickness, and death, as did Paul also; and this Christ-healing was practiced by the early church, until about the close of the third century. This proves that spiritual healing always has been possible, for it is based on Him "with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." The healing law of God is eternal, ever available, for the Christ is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever;" and it is this law, underlying and governing Christian healing, that Mary Baker Eddy discovered, naming her discovery Christian Science. In the practice of Christian Science the human or carnal mind is excluded as a curative factor; hence its purely spiritual healing, based wholly on the understanding of God and of His immutable law, should not be confused with those systems of mental healing basing their curative efforts on mere faith or blind belief.

Our critic truly said that "God can heal the body; but only God can." On page 231 of the Christian Science textbook "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy, it author, has written: "If God heals not the sick, they are not healed, for no lesser power equals the infinite All-power; but God, Truth, Life, Love, does heal the sick through the prayer of the righteous." As to the question of "commercializing" the gospel: while it is true that a fortune accrued to Mrs. Eddy as a result of her labors for mankind, in healing the sick, the sinning, and the suffering, this fortune has always been used in promoting the healing Christ-gospel throughout the world, and practically all her estate was left in trust for worthy charities and causes, and for the promotion of Christ's Christianity. Christian Science teaches that it is as erroneous for a man to be financially sick as it is for him to be mentally, morally, or physically sick; and Christ Jesus taught no mendicant religion. He taught the "abundant life." Consider the woe, the sin, sickness, disease, disaster, and death resulting from poverty and business failure; then recall that it is said of the righteous man, in the first psalm, that "whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Naturally, however, one cannot commercialize the gospel without paying the certain penalty for such an attempt. To the true Christian such a thing is unthinkable; also unnecessary.

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