The Healing Theology of Jesus

Mrs. Eddy definitely relates healing to theology and implies that the two must be considered together. She teaches that the moral and ethical changes that are called for are indispensable in the process of overcoming the diseases and the limitations of human experience. After referring to some of Jesus' basic commands such as, "Love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matt. 19:19), Mrs. Eddy says in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 138, 139): "It was this theology of Jesus which healed the sick and the sinning. It is his theology in this book and the spiritual meaning of this theology, which heals the sick and causes the wicked to 'forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.'"

All through Jesus' theology one can see a basic theme recurring, namely that an individual's thinking determines his experience. The Master taught that this is true in relation to health as well as to other areas of one's daily life. Jesus said (Matt. 15:11), "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man." And then he explained his statement by saying that it was the wrong thought of the individual that causes his trouble—the hate, the malice, the pride, the deceit—the evil thoughts which proceed from the heart.

From the Directors
January 22, 1966

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