In a recent issue a writer states "Yes" in answer to the...

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In a recent issue a writer states "Yes" in answer to the question, "Has mind power over matter as Christian Scientists allege?" and then cites an instance where a doctor, in experimenting, administered milk capsules in place of drugs to twenty-five patients out of fifty. He further says, "Drug victims, in the last stages of affliction, are soothed by hypodermic injections of distilled water, which they believe to contain morphine." "But," he continues, "mind won't cure cancer, put your filling in a tooth, heal an abscess, or set a broken bone." In this, the writer is evidently asserting that the human mind or "carnal mind," which Paul says, "is enmity against God," cannot heal. A word in explanation may help all concerned and set the writer straight as to the teachings of Christian Science. Christian Science teaches that Mind, God, does heal in the way that Christ Jesus healed and taught his followers to heal. Jesus taught the allness of Mind, God; for he said, "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work;" "I can of mine own self do nothing;" "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do." Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, restates this by asserting that the "divine Mind alone heals" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 270).

Healing in Christian Science is accomplished by a reliance on the divine Mind, God, and not on the mortal or carnal mind. No human mind is good enough or pure enough to attempt to influence another. It is necessary to make the distinction between mortal mind or carnal mind and the divine Mind. Christian Science insists that there is but one Mind, in reality, and that is the divine Mind, God. The belief that there is intelligence in matter or good in evil is the argument of the carnal or mortal mind. This understanding and the reliance on the one divine Mind, God, enables the Christian Scientist to heal the sick; and healing in hundreds of thousands of cases has been accomplished through this right reasoning, as pointed out by Mrs. Eddy in Science and Health, the Christian Science textbook. It is only fair to state that there are cases on record of healing through Christian Science of similar conditions to those which your writer says cannot be healed by "mind." Surely it is safer to rely for healing on the one divine Mind, than on human ways or mortal beliefs. Jesus was the best healer that ever walked the earth, and Christians might better follow in the way he pointed out rather than resort to material ways and means.

September 8, 1928

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