What Heals

Some seventy-five years ago, when the spiritually-minded Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, put into human language the divine Science of metaphysical healing in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Hippocratian lore was deeply entrenched in human thought. But invalidism was not decreasing. Rather, as once remarked the famous Philadelphia medical practitioner, Dr. Benjamin Rush, "It is impossible to calculate the mischief which Hippocrates has done, by first marking Nature with his name, and afterward letting her loose upon sick people."

For a small part of humanity, the yearning for a positive, dependable, and invariable healing method has been satisfied. Thousands upon thousands of people who have been permanently healed by accepting and demonstrating the teaching of Christian Science attest the validity of metaphysical healing, epitomized by Mrs. Eddy thus on page 468 of Science and Health: "All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all."

Medical practice has discarded many of its former methods of treating disease and is giving thoughtful consideration to psychiatric and psychosomatic medicine, an indication that there is an awakening to the fact, as taught in Christian Science, that all disease is mental. The Christian Scientist has always had a great respect for the noble efforts of reputable medical men and women. He is mindful of their heroic and self-sacrificing services in time of peace, war, disaster, and emergency. But the student of Christian Science has learned through his study of the Bible and Science and Health that God alone provides all health and life, and that matter in any form can neither give it nor take it away.

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"If thou wilt be perfect"
December 14, 1946

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