The Cost of Keeping Well

Rising medical costs cause many people to feel anxious about their future. Statistics show that in the United States of America hospital charges have increased more than 150 percent during the past ten years. Politicians and welfare experts in this country, and in others, are seriously concerned to find ways of stabilizing the cost of health and welfare systems for their citizens so that all may have an equal opportunity to be properly cared for in times of need.

But Christian Science shows that the cost of true health is not correctly measured in material terms. Health does not depend on medical services but on divine law; not on money but on Mind. It explains that health is a spiritual gift. It is an attribute of God, divine Principle, and it is reflected by every individual offspring, or idea, of God. Mrs. Eddy writes, "The true consciousness is the true health." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 298; So, since men and women, in their true being, are children of God and inherit His attributes, the qualities of immortal Mind, it is according to spiritual law that everyone should freely and consistently enjoy both true consciousness and true health.

Today the world is recognizing more and more the relationship between thought and body. It is now freely acknowledged that many diseases spring from mental causes—from fear, frustration, anxiety, hate, and so on. But Christian Science maintains that the substance and complex mechanism of the human body are not partially but wholly linked with the thinking of the mortal man or woman who is identified with it. Whether it manifests health or discord depends entirely on his or her own mental condition.

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July 10, 1971

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