Editorial comment accompanying an article printed in a...

Inwood Herald

Editorial comment accompanying an article printed in a recent issue of the Herald contained the statement that "Christian Scientists practice mental suggestion to combat sickness, pain, and disease along with prayer and faith in divine healing." While the writer of these words may have used them to express his own opinion of Christian Science teaching, he could scarcely have said anything more nearly the reverse of the truth concerning the practice of that religion. Therefore, for the benefit of your readers, I would like space in your columns briefly to state the basis of Christian Science healing as taught by Mrs. Eddy and practiced by all loyal students of her teaching.

Mental suggestion, being the operation of the so-called human mind, is the antithesis of Christian Science, which acknowledges but the one divine Mind, God, upon whom alone it relies for healing from all discordant conditions. It is through understanding mortal mind as utterly incapable of effectively declaring either for or against the harmony of man, that the Christian Scientist rejects every "suggestion" of that so-called mind, and demonstrates the allness of the one infinite Mind, God, in the healing of disease. Even a cursory reading of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, reveals her constant denial of mortal mind and her emphatic affirmation that God, divine Mind, alone is the healer of mankind. This is well exemplified in a brief statement on page 185, where, speaking of various systems of so-called mindcures, Mrs. Eddy says: "Such theories have no relationship to Christian Science, which rests on the conception of God as the only Life, substance, and intelligence, and excludes the human mind as a spiritual factor in the healing work."

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January 26, 1929

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