THE POWER AND SKILL OF METAPHYSICAL SURGERY

IN Middle Ages it was the custom to combine the professions of barber and surgeon. Today surgery is a highly specialized operative technique, utilizing many mechanical devices to aid in physical reconstruction. But metaphysical surgery, or the reconstructive process of God, divine Mind, acting upon human thought to correct all discordant conditions, is an art that derives from eternally existent Mind.

Christ Jesus was the most perfect practitioner of this surgery of Mind that the world has ever known. The restoration of the ear of the servant of the high priest (Luke 22:50, 51) and the healing of the lame, blind, dumb, and maimed (Matt. 15:30, 31) are examples of his work in this direction. Following his crucifixion his injured hands, feet, and side were restored to usefulness solely through the operation of the power of God. "It was a method of surgery beyond material art, but it was not a supernatural act. On the contrary, it was a divinely natural act, whereby divinity brought to humanity the understanding of the Christ-healing and revealed a method infinitely above that of human invention." Thus, on page 44 of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy describes the metaphysical surgery that took place within the tomb.

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