The editorial entitled "Mind Cure" in your issue of March 29, 1935...

Lavonia Times

The editorial entitled "Mind Cure" in your issue of March 29, 1935, is very interesting and timely, in that it calls the attention of your readers to the great influence thought has upon the body—a subject to which many people have given all too little attention. After mentioning many instances of unusual mental cures, including those of Emile Coué, you state, "If the mind cure of Christian Science and new-thought could be divorced from their unorthodox theologies they would merit a large following." This reference to Christian Science, though evidently not meant unkindly, is apt to leave uninformed readers with the impression that Christian Science is but another of the various systems of human mind cure and its philosophy; and I trust you will grant me space in your columns to point out that this is not the case.

Whatever new-thought or Coué's philosophy may be, Christian Science is the reinstatement of the pure healing religion taught and practiced by Christ Jesus, whose theology was certainly built on the recognition of God, the one divine Spirit or Mind, as omnipotent, and therefore the only helaing power. He said plainly, "My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me;" and, "The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." Now, Christian Science is built on the same recognition of God, the divine Mind, as the only healing power. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of this Science, states in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 482): "Christian Science is the law of Truth, which heals the sick on the basis of the one Mind or God. It can heal in no other way, since the human, mortal mind so-called is not a healer, but causes the belief in disease."

From this it may be seen that the healing of Christian Science cannot be divorced from its theology, for the simple reason that its healing is but the natural result of the spiritual understanding of its theology. This is clearly in line with that statement of the Master, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Shall the theology of Christian Science be styled "unorthodox" because it frees those who understand it from sickness as well as from sin? Let us remember that the theology of Jesus was likewise considered unorthodox in his day. He told his followers, "They shall put you out of the synagogues."

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