All the teachings of Christian Science are infused with Truth's eternal power to heal whatever needs healing and to restore whatever seems lost. By restoring, preserving, regenerating, and ennobling men, the divine influence makes God's infinitely benign presence known to them. It lifts consciousness above the level of sickness, sorrow, lack, and loss into the luminous realm of the real, where good alone is possible.

Mary Baker Eddy discerned the nature of Truth's unrestricted healing power and explained it to the world in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." The very first sentence of the first chapter opens the door on the wonderful possibilities of prayer. It reads: "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love." Thus plainly the Christian Scientist is shown that prayer, spiritual understanding, and unselfed love melt into one—absolute faith.

"Absolute" comes from the same Latin root as the verb "absolve" and means, according to one dictionary, "free from imperfection; perfect. Free from mixture; pure." These are the characteristics of faith when it reaches the absolute. It has a divine radiance.

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