Health a Condition of Mind

On page 120 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy makes a statement of great importance to mankind. She writes, "Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health." Her words reverse the usual way of thinking; for, ordinarily, the evidence of the material senses, which is usually accepted by men as reliable, bears witness that health is dependent upon matter, upon the condition of the so-called material body, and not upon Mind. But since Mind is God, the cause, creator, and governor of all that really exists, the belief that health is dependent upon matter would leave God out of the question.

It is highly important that mankind should be correctly informed regarding health, because good health plays such a great part in the affairs of men. Just how does Christian Science regard health? First of all, Christian Science teaches that God is infinite and perfect Mind, and that Mind expresses itself in ideas, which constitute the real and only creation. Further, it declares that since Mind is perfect, Mind's creation must also be perfect, and that there can in reality be no reversal of that perfection. This is tantamount to saying that in the realm of the real, imperfection is unknown, evil is unknown, sin and disease are unknown; or, in other words, that health is a necessity of perfect Being or Mind. How marvelously the understanding of the perfection of God, divine Mind, and of Mind's creation, man, clarifies the problem of health for mankind, lifting it out of the region of unreliable material sense testimony into the unchangeable realm of absolutely perfect Mind!

Among the Churches
September 14, 1929

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