Christian Science is effective as a healing method because it seeks divine aid and finds it. Nothing can compete with divinity for power to comfort the sufferer, and divine Science brings God's infinite love for His creation to bear upon every kind of human fear and ailment. The power of Christian Science lies in the unique way it lifts human thought above mortal states of belief into the actual consciousness of Spirit and spiritual man. Drugs cannot aid in this method of healing, because the consciousness of matter belongs to the very belief of material life from which Science rouses mankind. To depend upon drugs for healing is to cling to material existence, to resist awakening to the perfection of life in Mind, where permanent health must be found.

Mary Baker Eddy reinstated the spiritual, drugless method of healing which Christ Jesus taught his followers to use and which the early Christians employed for nearly three centuries. She says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 270): "To seek or employ other means than those the Master used in demonstrating Life scientifically, is to lose the priceless knowledge of his Principle and practice. He said, 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.'" And a few lines farther on she says, "We cannot depart from his holy example,—we cannot leave Christ for the schools which crucify him, and yet follow him in healing."

From such statements and from many others referring directly to the use of drugs, found by studying references to the subject in the Concordances to our Leader's writings, it is evident that combining drugs with prayer is not the method of Christian Science healing. The medicine of this Science is Mind, its qualities and ideas, and to take or to administer drugs is a departure from Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy says in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 143, 144), "Inferior and unspiritual methods of healing may try to make Mind and drugs coalesce, but the two will not mingle scientifically."

February 2, 1952

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