The admonition, "One must be practical," is frequently heard. Christian Science accepts the viewpoint that the spiritual alone is practical. Material sense, reasoning from the standpoint of life in matter, declares that to be practical which is the opposite of the spiritual. The attempt to use material means as well as spiritual, to combine the two, in order to work out a problem, is highly impractical.

With the assurance of Love's ever-presence our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, informs us that radical reliance on and acceptance of Truth is the only way to find healing and freedom from limiting beliefs and conditions. In a paragraph of deep import to be found on page 458 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she tells us with convincing logic: "It is anything but scientifically Christian to think of aiding the divine Principle of healing or of trying to sustain the human body until the divine Mind is ready to take the case. Divinity is always ready. Semper paratus is Truth's motto."

The worldly thought would be at peace with Christian Science if Christian Scientists would work equally with matter and Spirit. This they cannot do. Adulterating Christian Science with material ways and means renders it devoid of healing. The Science of Christianity is not in competition with materia medica in treating disease, inasmuch as Christian Science refuses to recognize disease as an actuality and acknowledges only God's creation, which He pronounced "very good."

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