"Through radical reliance"

In the opening sentence of the first chapter of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy indicates the method of Christian Science healing. She writes, "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."

Since it is scientific trust in the omnipotence of God, infinite Love, which heals, it is plain that any reservation from such trust, any faith in something other than Spirit, is a hindrance rather than a help in true healing; and this is our Leader's clear teaching. She writes (Science and Health, p. 234): "Spiritual draughts heal, while material lotions interfere with truth, even as ritualism and creed hamperspirituality. If we trust matter, we distrust Spirit." And on page 167 of the same work she says, "Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized."

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