Claiming the Right Report

The Christian Scientist understands that healing, whether of disease for a single patient, or of a world condition, results from the realization of truth—basically, the truth of the absolute allness of God, good, and the consequent nothingness of anything unlike Him. The efficacy and adequacy of this healing method are plain to those who have witnessed and understood its operation. The student of this Science soon perceives that such realization is all that is ever required for healing, and that when healing has not yet appeared in any case, the trouble is simply that the realization of spiritual truth in that instance is not yet sufficiently clear, althought it may have seemed to the one who gave the treatment to be wholly clear.

The Christianly scientific practitioner has continually to take into account that mortal mind is a belief of ignorance—ignorance even, in large measure, of what seems to be going on in itself. Referring to this limited and unreal mentality, the so-called mind of mortals, Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 186), that it "is ignorant of self, or it could never be self-deceived." And she writes elsewhere (ibid., p. 87): "Do not suppose that any mental concept is gone because you do not think of it." In his endeavor to dispose of an erroneous concept and to realize the truth, on behalf of a patient, the practitioner is aided by the patient's willing co-operation; and such co-operation is most desirable.

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