The divine theology of Jesus, the truth of perfect creator, perfect creation, perfect man, enabled him to heal. He turned those he healed from matter to Spirit, from error to Truth, from unreality to reality. Jesus recognized that the so-called human mind and body are inseparable, and he knew that by spiritually awakening the one he could unfailingly heal the other. Subsequently, the Apostle Paul described the modus operandi of divine healing when he wrote in his epistle to the Romans (12:2), "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

All this constituted an abrupt and radical departure from doctrinal theology and material medicine, both in Jesus' day and centuries later, when Mary Baker Eddy proclaimed to the world in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" the final revelation of Christianity as a healing and saving Science. Theology and medicine have long argued that prayer can well enough minister to wrong-mindedness, but that only material treatment in one form or another can deal effectually with a sick body. Jesus' declaration (John 6:63), "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profieth nothing," shows this line of reasoning to be fallacious.

In the ninth chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew it is recorded that Jesus one day healed a palsied man by effectually assuring him that his sins were forgiven him and that he was therefore free to take up his bed and walk. This healing proved conclusively that both sickness and sin are mental and erroneous; that they stem from the same unspiritual belief that there is real, actual, or true existence apart from divine Mind, God; and that, accordingly, both sin and sickness can be healed by the same metaphysical method. What this metaphysical method is, Mrs. Eddy succeeded in making so clear in Science and Health that all who will can both understand and successfully practice it.

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August 9, 1952

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