Spiritual Healing

The writer one day sat at a window reading. As she looked up, her eyes rested on a high building across the street. Instead of appearing symmetrical, the bricks and window casings seemed to be in curves, and the building appeared to be in imminent danger of collapsing. Yet it did not occur to the observer to believe the sense-testimony for one moment. Instead, the first thought was, What is wrong with the window-pane? And presently a small flaw, unnoticed for many years, was discovered. Everything seen through this flaw was distorted.

How symbolic this is of our daily experience! We look through the flaw of mortal belief, and apparently we see a sick man, a sick business, a sick world. Material efforts to rectify this erroneous condition are as futile as would have been the rebuilding of the house in question. Here Christian Science comes to the rescue with its revelation that man and the universe are created by God, are one with God, Spirit, and hence are divinely maintained, sustained, and protected. Man and the universe are not material, but spiritual, intact, complete, and perfect. Christian Science further reveals that in reality we are living in, indeed are a part of, God's universe here and now.

How may we, then, account for the disease, the disaster, the suffering to which the material senses testify? How may these be healed? In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy sums up the situation in one terse sentence. On page 390 she writes, "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony." Ignorance of God's real character and nature, then, is the basic error which accounts for all of humanity's sufferings and sorrows. There is not a single earnest student of Christian Science who has not in some measure proved this to be true, and correlatively proved that as his concept of God has become clarified and spiritualized, his life-experience has become proportionately happier and healthier.

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