"The medicine of Science"

Does Christian Science advocate the use of medicine? Definitely yes, but not as this word is usually understood in terms of material drugs. Mrs. Eddy states, "The medicine of Science is divine Mind." Science and Health, p. 104; As one turns to God, or Mind, and realizes His infinite presence, power, and goodness, he is partaking of spiritual medicine, which is adequate to heal any afflictive condition.

The majority of people have been educated to believe that man is a physical mortal, subject under given human circumstances to disease and sickness. Over the centuries there have evolved material remedies—potions and drugs of all kinds—intended to restore men to soundness. Sometimes these remedies appear to heal; sometimes they don't. A drug that seems helpful in one instance is harmful in another. Many medical practitioners readily admit that the practice of medicine at its best is far from exact and that it often descends to mere guesswork and the faint hope that its prescriptions may be effective.

Isn't there a better, surer, more positive way to destroy the evil of sickness? Christian Science says that there is, and as proof it points to the countless healings effected through the utilization of this Science over the past one hundred years. It approaches the problem of curing disease, not from a material, but from a spiritual standpoint and begins with the simple but profound Scriptural statement that man—the real man—is made in the image and likeness of God. Man must then be spiritual, perfect, and intact, for God, infinite Spirit, is perfect and immutable. Because God is ever present and omnipotent, evil, manifested as disease or sin, must be without power or presence. From this, one has to conclude that, despite the contrary evidence of the material senses, disease is actually unreal.

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The Importance of Christian Character
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