Changeless Health

Health has usually been thought of as physical and uncertain. Christian Science reveals the true and only health to be the spiritual and changeless product of God, divine Mind, who is both the source of health and its custodian. It may seem difficult at first sight to understand that health can exist without matter, for, generally speaking, both good health and ill health, so called, have been regarded as simply physical conditions. Ill health—what a strange assortment of words! Material sense asks the question, If there is no matter in God and His reflection, then how can there be any health in God's spiritual creation? How can there be any health for humanity if one has to deny materiality, through which health appears to be expressed? To this it might be retorted, How can there be any sickness when there is no matter in God's creation to express it?

Mrs. Eddy's answer to all questions pertaining to health is found on page 298 of "Miscellaneous Writings": "The true consciousness is the true health." No one attains to this true consciousness in a day; but all can approach nearer to it day by day. Through spiritual understanding Christian Science lifts the thoughts of mortals above both faith in matter and fear of matter.

Again, our Leader writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 276), "When we learn in Science how to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, thought is turned into new and healthy channels,—towards the contemplation of things immortal and away from materiality to the Principle of the universe, including harmonious man." Christian Science leads human thought into these "new and healthy channels" by the recognition that since Spirit is never sick, no sickness exists anywhere in the spiritual creation. The individual spiritual consciousness, an expression of the one perfect cause, cannot add anything to itself, nor have imposed upon it anything faulty from without. Godlikeness reflects nothing but God, good. On page 297 of the textbook Mrs. Eddy further points out that it is as necessary that one should be educated out of a health illusion as out of the illusion of sickness, as matter is not causative in either case.

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Notes from the Publishing House
September 21, 1929

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