HONESTY IS INDISPENSABLE

When Mary Baker Eddy was asked how one should undertake to heal the sick, she said (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 8): "As I have given you only an epitome of the Principle, so I can give you here nothing but an outline of the practice. Be honest, be true to thyself, and true to others; then it follows thou wilt be strong in God, the eternal good. Heal through Truth and Love; there is no other healer." While her reply may seem to be only an outline, it is nevertheless a concise statement of spiritually mental healing, and honesty is an indispensable part of the work. Christ Jesus, who healed the sick, redeemed the sinner, raised the dead, and fed the hungry, told his disciples in the parable of the sower and the seed that there, would be a harvest of works only as the seed was sown in "an honest and good heart."

Christian Science declares that God is Spirit, Mind, Principle, Life, Truth, Love, incorporeal and infinite, and it identifies man as the image and likeness of God, wholly spiritual, reflecting in qualities all of God's goodness. To apprehend these truths and utilize them in healing, the Christian Scientist knows that his thought must be spiritualized; that he must be morally clean and mentally honest. And he begins with himself in the ennobling work of purifying thought and action.

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