The particular interest Christian Scientists have in the...


The particular interest Christian Scientists have in the editorial contribution entitled "In Our Mind," which appeared in your esteemed paper of April 22, arises from the statement which associates Christian Science with faith-healing. I shall greatly appreciate it if you will grant me space in which to point out to the readers of your paper the difference that exists between Christian Science and faith-healing.

Christian Science rests upon the statement that God is Mind—incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite; and it bases its practice upon this fundamental truth. Faith-healing and kindred methods rely upon the human mind, the mind supposed to exist in the brain, and their practice rests upon this mind. There are still a great many people who have no knowledge of any mind other than the so-called human mind; they have no conception of God as Mind, and therefore they naturally assume that Christian Science, in some way which they do not comprehend, utilizes the human mind in its healing work. Speaking of the mortal or carnal mind Paul writes that it "is enmity against God" — is opposed to God; and it will thus be seen that a great gulf lies between the curative method which relies entirely on God, and a method which relies on a mind opposed to God.

The statement in the editorial, "Mind is king. It kills and cures, makes and breaks," expresses the popular notion of mind as capable of producing both evil and good results. Describing this dual nature of the human mind Jesus said that it is a house divided against itself which cannot stand, implying by this that the human mind provides no foundation for scientifically Christian healing. According to Christian Science, God, divine Mind, is wholly, infinitely good, is "of purer eyes than to behold evil," and cannot "look on iniquity." Therefore divine Mind cannot produce both evil and good results, but good only, and affords the only unchanging and unchangeable foundation upon which Christian healing may be realized. For these reasons the Christian Scientist, knowing that it is God "who healeth all thy diseases," relies wholly on divine Mind in his healing work; and, consistently with his teaching, he does not depend upon any material remedial agency.

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