"What are you doing for it?"

When an illness is visibly manifest on the body, some students of Christian Science may be indecisive if confronted with the question, "What are you doing for it?" One not acquainted with Science may ask this question, and a correct and forthright answer is required. The student should not indicate that nothing is being done, even though he is not using any medical means.

Mrs. Eddy states: "God being All-in-all, He made medicine; but that medicine was Mind. It could not have been matter, which departs from the nature and character of Mind, God. Truth is God's remedy for error of every kind, and Truth destroys only what is untrue. Hence the fact that, to-day, as yesterday, Christ casts out evils and heals the sick." Science and Health, pp. 142, 143; We know, then, that God is our only physician; and by acknowledging His ever-presence, we exercise dominion over the body, never recognizing the false claims of matter as real, never diagnosing or medicating a physical ailment. To think that the condition is real is to dishonor God; by believing that error has power to hurt, we accept a power opposed to omnipotent Mind.

When we are questioned as to our method of healing, we must carefully make it clear that we do not ignore the condition; neither do we want to imply that we are merely wishing for the evidence to disappear. Rather, we must acknowledge that the calm trust we have in God enables us to overcome any inharmonious manifestation through prayer. To say that one is denying the reality of the condition would be quite truthful; yet to the uninstructed inquirer this answer might sound strange and too abstract for comprehension. We might well reply without hesitation, "I am a student of Christian Science and rely on God for healing."

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November 19, 1966

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