Demonstration Is Subjective

Those who have witnessed a healing in Christian Science often ask how such healing was accomplished. There is, of course, no formula for bringing about healing in Science, but certain fundamentals are important to the successful application of this Science to every human problem.

The first chapter of Genesis states that God created all, and that it was very good. Logically then evil, because it is not good, must be untrue. "But," one may ask, "what of the lack, sickness, and discord which appear in human experience? Are these not real?" Mary Baker Eddy explains what seems to be real to human sense thus: "What you see, hear, feel, is a mode of consciousness, and can have no other reality than the sense you entertain of it" (Unity of Good, p. 8); and, "Nothing appears to the physical senses but their own subjective state of thought" (Miscellaneous Writings, p.105).

Subjective is defined as "proceeding from or taking place within the subject: opposed to objective." In other words, whatever takes place within one's own consciousness is subjective. Thus we see that what appears in human experience as error is only a false belief which has knocked at one's mental door, and has been accepted in consciousness as real. Therefore, there is really nothing to correct or heal but one's false concepts. To attempt to heal something external to one's thinking would be like trying to remove a shadow instead of the object which produces it.

Giving Evidence
May 31, 1947

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