From Letters, Substantially as Published

Under the heading "Medical Notes" in Saturday's Star...

Auckland Star

Under the heading "Medical Notes" in Saturday's Star appeared a very interesting article entitled, "What is Disease?" In the first paragraph the writer made the following reference to Christian Science: "What is disease? The Christian Scientist reasons that it is the result of sin." This is not quite accurate, and I therefore ask permission to correct it. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the Christian Science textbook, Mary Baker Eddy says on page 411, "The procuring cause and foundation of all sickness is fear, ignorance, or sin." Clearly, disease must be contrary to God's law, or Jesus, who came to fulfill that law, would not have gone about continually destroying disease, nor have gone about continually destroying disease, nor have commanded all those who believe in him to do the same. How hopeless is the outlook of ordinary medical practice may be judged from the following statement in the article: "We have as much hope of reducing the general incidence of disease as of controlling the weather." After nearly two thousand years of investigation of the nature of disease, such an admission seems to point to the fact that the research must have been made along wrong lines, and that it is in the mental realm that investigations must be conducted in order to discover the source of disease. Some day, men of research will give the same devotion to the study of spiritual power that they have already given to the study of physical force, and then real progress in the destruction of disease will be registered. May I close with another quotation, from page 233 of the book already mentioned: "Ye who can discern the face of the sky,—the sign material,—how much more should ye discern the sign mental, and compass the destruction of sin and sickness by overcoming the thoughts which produce them, and by understanding the spiritual idea which corrects and destroys them. To reveal this truth was our Master's mission to all mankind, including the hearts which rejected him."

December 14, 1935
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