An inquirer asks—

"When a Christian Scientist is ill he sometimes insists he is perfectly strong and healthy—even though it is obvious that he is not. Why does he do that?" Such a question is not infrequently asked. No malice is implied; just perplexity. And the enigma can be satisfactorily explained to inquirers who are willing to bring spiritual sense to bear on the discussion.

Spiritual sense, or spiritual intelligence, is the key to the practice of Christian Science healing. One has to be prepared to look beyond the material picture presented to the physical senses and to recognize the actual facts of being as they are created by God, Spirit—facts that are established through divine law. Without spiritual sense and the willingness to trust it, one cannot understand Christian Science and credit its conclusions.

February 13, 1978

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