In reply to your correspondent's letter of May 28, I...


In reply to your correspondent's letter of May 28, I shall quote the words of Mrs. Eddy (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 231), "If God heals not the sick, they are not healed, for no lesser power equals the infinite All-power; but God, Truth, Life, Love, does heal the sick through the prayer of the righteous." The only healing is divine healing.

Your correspondent, after quoting from the Christian Science textbook referred to above, concludes (and rightly): "It is quite clear that sin and disease are goods which mortal mind holds. Destroy disease in the mind and the disease is thoroughly cured." And then he asks, "Is this cure by mortal mind or not?" In Christian Science healing, the error in mortal mind is always destroyed by Truth, never by any operation of mortal mind, such as suggestion. Christian Science reveals the fact that the mortal or carnal mind does not and cannot contain a cure for its own errors. Jesus answered this question himself when he was accused of casting out devils "by Beelzebub the prince of the devils." The whole story is recorded in Matthew and gives the spiritual method of healing employed by Jesus: "If I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." Christian Science employs this same method and is making God real to men.

"The carnal mind is enmity against God," says the Bible, and only a knowledge of God as the one infinite, indivisible Mind can destroy the errors of the carnal mind. Truth always has destroyed and always will destroy error. It is as impossible to heal by suggestion as it is to solve a mathematical problem by suggestion. Said Jesus, "Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up." In other words, nothing is real or enduring of which God is not the author. Jesus declared positively that other men can do spiritual healing in the way he did. The belief that Jesus exercised a power peculiar to himself is one which he refuted explicitly and repeatedly.

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