Testimonies of Healing

Only that is real to which spiritual sense testifies. It is spiritual sense which assures us that God and His creation alone exist; or, in other words, that Spirit and its creation of spiritual ideas alone are real. Christian Science thus shows how spiritual sense reverses the testimony of material sense, declaring it to be false or erroneous. Mrs. Eddy puts it this way on page 120 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "Science reverses the false testimony of the physical senses, and by this reversal mortals arrive at the fundamental facts of being."

In stating the truth that God and His creation alone are real, and that the material sense of creation with all that pertains thereto is without entity or identity, Christian Science is causing many to think as they never did before on the real and the unreal. It is arousing them to the appreciation of the fact that to save themselves they must accept the truth which Christian Science reveals, thereby separating themselves from all false material beliefs. For it is nothing other than material sense that is holding mankind in bondage to all manner of inharmony—sickness, sin, sorrow, despondence, lack included.

Whenever one suffering from sickness begins to understand the truth of being and to reverse the false testimony of material sense, he begins to experience healing. Consider a case. A sick person is laboring under the belief that matter is real; that the material body is real and governed by material law. He is believing also that as a result of the activity of material law what is called his material body is not functioning properly, and that this is the cause of his sickness. The moment he spiritually discerns that his real selfhood is not material but spiritual, being the idea of God, perfect Mind, he perceives the error of believing that he is subject to matter and governed by so-called material law, and so he reverses the error. If he persists in holding to the truth and denying reality to the erroneous material belief, he will not fail to experience healing. Sin is overcome in a similar manner; for sin is the result of believing that matter or evil is real. As the sinner understands the unreal nature of materiality and aligns himself with Truth and Love, he is freed from sin.

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The One Power and Presence
September 9, 1933

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