By radio, television, newspaper publicity, and by mail, Americans have been urged during the last several years to give money to organizations conducting campaigns against one or another of a series of widely dreaded diseases. These appeals are motivated by a desire to benefit humanity and to reduce suffering by the means with which the sponsors of the funds are most conversant.

The Christian Scientist may take these requests for philanthropic purposes as a reminder that humanity at large is very much in need of healing and that doubtless many individuals are reaching out mentally for the truth of God and man which will enable them to counteract disease without medicine or surgery. He is taught that illness is not a fact, but a false belief to be destroyed, since the spiritual man, made in the image and likeness of God—as the Bible declares him to be—does not include any element of discord or pain. It is the mortal or physical counterfeit which seems to manifest inharmony to the extent that the human consciousness accepts the false picture of disease drawn by ignorance and fear.

This basic explanation of disease and its cure is given to mankind by Mary Baker Eddy in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." It is in accord with the healing method of Jesus, who said to the woman with the issue of blood (Matt. 9:22), "Thy faith hath made thee whole." Through Mrs. Eddy's explanations and through the enlightened faith in God which eliminates human fear, thousands have been healed of the most severe maladies.

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July 4, 1953

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