Complete Reliance on God

Why don't Christian Scientists go to doctors? Or why do they steadfastly—some think stubbornly—refuse to consent to medical treatment and, instead, insist upon complete reliance on God for healing? These questions are frequently asked and need careful and correct answers.

Christian Science is based on the premise that cause and effect are mental. It teaches that fear, ignorance of God, and sin cause all discord, including sickness. Clearly, these mental causes require mental remedies. Fear is dissolved by love and increased trust in God; ignorance is removed by an enlightened spiritual understanding; and sin is destroyed by a heightened sense and manifestation of good.

For a Christian Scientist to go to a medical doctor for diagnosis or correction of a physical difficulty or for relief from pain would be to depart from the basic premise of Science and to retreat into the belief that man is material. This retreat, even though brief, would open the door of the individual's consciousness to all the ills and limitations which attend that belief. When faced again with a problem, the student would find it that much harder to stand with unwavering confidence in the power of God to remedy all ills.

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Mary Lee Gets a Good Grade
May 27, 1967

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