Handling the Theory of Disease

The treatment of disease in Christian Science must go far beyond the apparent evidences of disease and extend to the theories of the human mind that support illness and suffering. Beliefs of material heredity, medical theories, the claim that man is mortal, must be challenged and thoroughly nullified with the facts of divine Science in order that we may experience freedom from suffering. It must become clear that disease is illegitimate, that it has no basis in Truth, and that we need not bow down to it or fear it. Only as we lose the fear of disease can we really feel free from the danger of it.

This freedom does not come from the human mind. There has been wide-ranging research into the causes of disease, both from the basis of the germ theory and from the basis of psychological causes; but whether this has been a search into matter for cause or into the material mentality, it is still on the level of mortal mind, or the belief of life and intelligence in matter. Christian Science turns one completely away from mortal mind to the divine Mind, or God, as the cause of every real effect. It challenges the basis of these material theories and teaches us that Life is God, Spirit, and that man, made in God's likeness, is spiritual and harmonious. It is the understanding of the truth of being that liberates humanity from discord, and this understanding comes from the divine Mind as the only cause.

Mrs. Eddy says: "All forms of error are uprooted in Science, on the same basis whereby sickness is healed,—namely, by the establishment, through reason, revelation, and Science, of the nothingness of every claim of error, even the doctrine of heredity and other physical causes. You demonstrate the process of Science, and it proves my view conclusively, that mortal mind is the cause of all disease." Unity of Good, pp. 8, 9;

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August 24, 1968

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