Divine Healing

In Christian Science the term "healing" has a wide signification. Thus, there is the healing of sickness and sin, the healing of sorrow, the healing of a sense of loss or bereavement, the healing of poverty. Indeed, the word may fitly be used to indicate the overcoming of any inharmonious condition. More usually, however, it is applied to the cure of disease and the overcoming of sin, since it is probable that to-day many more people become interested in Christian Science because of the desire to be rid of these than of any other difficulty.

On page 450 of "Science and Health with Key to theScriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes, "The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good." And a sentence farther on she says, "The Christian Scientist knows that they are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy." Here we have a concise statement of the attitude of the Christian Scientist towards evil, disease, and death: it is his aim to lessen them through the spiritual understanding which assures him of the allness of God, good, and of the illusory nature, or nothingness, of evil, disease, and death.

Now, the genuine Christian Scientist will not allow himself to deviate from the method of healing set forth in the words of our Leader just quoted. Not for a moment does he permit himself willingly to forget the truth of the allness of good and what this implies, namely, the unreality of evil in its every seeming phase; for he knows that in the degree he realizes these facts he is able to help — yea, to heal — those who come to him asking his aid. What he strives to do is so to realize the truth as to make evil unreal to the sick and sinful: once this truth is clearly perceived, healing takes place.

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March 1, 1930

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