The remarks of the author of "To-day" on the subject of...

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The remarks of the author of "To-day" on the subject of "faith cure" in a recent issue of your paper clearly show that he had in mind faith in human power to heal disease; and entirely aside from the fact that Christian Science was not mentioned and cannot be classed among the systems this writer had in mind since it relies wholly and completely on faith in God and in His ability and willingness to heal "all thy diseases," is the fact that many of your readers, not understanding this, may be misled into believing that the critic's remarks could apply to Christian Science.

Your contributor cites a prominent physician as of the opinion that nearly half of those who go to doctors for relief have nothing ailing them, their trouble being that they imagine they are suffering. This view is not particularly helpful to those who are very sure they are suffering. To them there is something very real from which they wish to be relieved. The question as to whether pain is real or imaginary is not so important as to find relief. It is, however, simply human faith in human means that temporarily frees one from suffering; and when the prescription or method which to-day relieves one's suffering is found to be incapable of relieving him to-morrow, the sufferer sometimes learns that it was only his faith in them that relieved him, and he is perhaps led to seek the help of the ever loving Father who is "a very present help in trouble."

And if at this point he is led to investigate Christian Science, he discovers that it is a system of religion based entirely on the teachings of the Bible, including those of Jesus and his disciples; that it ascribes to God all power, and fully trusts in His willingness and ability to care for His children. He finds that it has no quarrel whatsoever with the exponent of any school of medicine or religion, and gladly leaves all drugs to those who wish to use them; for it is able to accomplish better and quicker results without using medicines. He finds that this religious system, as was the case in the ministry of Jesus, attracts attention through the healing of physical disease, but that this is not primarily its aim, but only one of the signs which follow a correct interpretation of the Bible teachings and the endeavor to live in accordance with these teachings. He reads on page 404 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, that "hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, make a man sick, and neither material medicine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body, unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him fromhis destroyers." He finds that Christian Science does not limit God's ability to heal to minor troubles, while leaving some that your contributor considers more real, as "a broken leg, an aching tooth, or cancer," to be cared for by human means alone, for he learns that many testimonies of the healing of these have been given. And as he progresses in his understanding of this system of divine healing his gratitude to God increases, because He has again given to the world the understanding of Jesus' method of salvation, not only from its sicknesses, but also from its sins.

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