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Jonesboro Evening Sun

Your recent issue contains an article, designated as a paid advertisement, which attacks and misrepresents the practice of Christian Science. Space is respectfully requested in which briefly to refute and correct the false allegations therein.

There is but one reply to the heading of the article, "Do Christian Scientists use hypnotism in order to heal those who come to them for treatment?" No, they do not. Hypnotism does not enter into Christian Science treatment. No attempt is made to gain control of either the supposed conscious or subconscious mind of a patient. Healing in Christian Science is based on the teachings and practice of Jesus the Christ; and the methods of the Christian Science practitioner are identical with those employed by our blessed Master, the Way-shower. Jesus taught that he did not do the works of himself, but that it was the Father, eternal Truth, God, who worked through him. Likewise, Christian Scientists make no claim to be personal healers. Through their recognition and clear realization that it is God, Spirit, Mind, Life, Truth, Love, divine Principle, who is the only Healer, they are able to-day to prove in a measure that "God is the only Mind governing man" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 308); and thus they heal those who come to them for treatment. Mrs. Eddy plainly states in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 180): "Christian Science contains no element whatever of hypnotism or animal magnetism. It appeals alone to God, to the divine Principle, or Life, Truth, and Love, to whom all things are possible; and this Principle heals sin, sickness, disease, and death."

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