The Weed's Root Must Be Cut

Everyone who has worked in a garden, or on a farm, knows how futile it is to cut off the top of a weed, and fail to cut its root. The hidden root remains to sprout again. The one sure way to be rid of the weed is to destroy its root.

So it is with sickness and disease. It need lessen in no way one's respect for the honest and sincere efforts of those engaged in material methods of healing to point out that such systems have failed to discover the root cause of ill-health. Their efforts are sincerely directed to free men from discords, the primary cause of which they do not know.

Christian Science counsels its adherents to hold an attitude of genuine good will toward the medical profession. Mary Baker Eddy held honest medical practitioners in the highest personal regard. She realized that they are sincerely devoting their lives to help heal the ills of men. That faith in them as individuals, or faith in their methods, oftentimes produces a measure of relief for the individual, can be readily admitted. But the important fact remains that the system they employ deals only with material effects, called diseases, never with the primary cause of those effects. Humanity's need, if it is ever to have lasting freedom from recurring ill-health, is a healing system that cuts the root cause of all disease. Until the root is uncovered and destroyed, it remains to propagate and perpetuate its offshoots of affliction.

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