I have read with much interest "Talks on Health" in...

Bath and Wilts Chronicle and Herald

I have read with much interest "Talks on Health" in your recent issue, where "A Family Doctor" emphasizes the necessity for overcoming the habit of worrying, with its deleterious effects on the health of those who indulge it. I must, however, ask for space to correct the impression, mistakenly given, that Christian Science is akin to suggestion or mesmerism.

Christian Science is essentially Christian, as its name implies, and is in fact the Science of Christian healing. It is founded exclusively on the Bible, and especially on the teachings, practice, and commands of Christ Jesus. Moreover, Christian Science substantiates its claim to be Christian in origin and practice, by producing the works demanded by our Lord and Master as the "signs following" a correct understanding of his teaching.

The suggestive methods of mesmerism and hypnotism, on the other hand, have their origin in the so-called carnal mind, which Paul declared to be "enmity against God," and are strictly forbidden in the practice of Christian Science. Such hypnotic methods are based on the thought, "My will be done because my will is stronger than your will," instead of the Christly method employed by Christian Scientist, "Not my will, but thine, be done," or radical reliance on the will of God—on His omnipotent power and availability to heal and save. Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Christian Science text-books, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," on page 1: "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love."

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