It is commonly understood that the medical profession...

New York Medical Weekly

It is commonly understood that the medical profession in general does not agree fully with Christian Science. Therefore it is not surprising that a doctor in his article on "Fees for Christian Science 'Cures'" should be confused. The doctor feels that when Christian Scientists say that Mind or intelligence is God, they must also say that man is God. This of course is nonsense. Because man understands that two and two make four it does not follow that man is the originator of mathematics. The laws of divine Mind are supreme, and all things are obedient to them. Likewise, these laws are intelligent and spiritual. They certainly are not material. Ancient prophet and priest ate food, lived in houses of stone, brick, or wood, and preached in temples of stone or tabernacles of fabric, but that did not prevent their healing the sick, cleansing the leper, and raising the dead. Neither did these things keep Christ Jesus from doing the same things and more. He never lost a case. He healed everyone he treated. If these things were done through spiritual understanding of divine law,—and they certainly were not done through material understanding,—one who has that spiritual understanding, an understanding of God, divine Mind, can heal to-day as in ancient times.

The results of Christian Science attest the truth of its claims. For over sixty years it has stood the test of every form of opposition, ridicule, and bitter persecution from without, and the widest possible practical application within. It has prospered and grown wonderfully. It has proved itself the greatest religious movement of modern times. It conducts no revivals or evangelistic services, offers no material inducements, conducts no membership campaigns, and never asks the general public to build its churches or finance its activities. It bases its growth on healing—healing the sick and the sinning, comforting the sorrowing, bringing relief to the needy. It fills it churches with happy people, whose debts are paid, homes united, and hearts free from despair, and who obey the law. It numbers among its members as many of the educated and cultured people as of the poorer and less fortunate. There are over two thousand Christian Science churches and societies in the world, and there are thousands upon thousands of well-authenticated and verified cases of healing, including every known disease, to the credit of Christian Science. As for fees, is there any objection to a reasonable fee for work well done? Yet Mrs. Eddy definitely instructed her followers that if their understanding is insufficient to heal a case they should reduce the fee or remit it altogether. There is also a vast amount of charity work done which is never known. All this goes on quietly, and the doctor does not see it. Other physicians see it, and the better class of physicians recognizes that Christian Science heals. Evidence of this fact is easily obtainable. On pages 354 and 355 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy writes: "The opponents of divine Science must be charitable, if they would be Christian. If the letter of Christian Science appears inconsistent, they should gain the spiritual meaning of Christian Science, and then the ambiguity will vanish. The charge of inconsistency in christianly scientific methods of dealing with sin and disease is met by something practical,—namely, the proof of the utility of these methods."

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