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Willpower or conviction?
One winter a student of Christian Science was suffering from the flu. It seemed so severe that he could hardly think clearly. But he knew that if he could gain a sense of God's loving ever-presence, he would be healed. So he went to a quiet place in his home and began to declare aloud "the scientific statement of being" from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. It reads: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual." Science and Health, p. 468.
For two or three hours he vigorously prayed with these six sentences, trying to understand them. Each time he pondered them, they made more sense, especially the line "All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all." The more he filled his thought with the spiritual truth in these sentences, the more comforted he felt. He became conscious of God's reassuring love and ever-presence and stopped looking for a physical change. Then all of a sudden he was completely healed. There was no gradual improvement. All symptoms simply vanished, and he was well.
With gratitude he jumped to his feet and continued repeating "the scientific statement of being," because it was having such a profound effect on his thinking. He showered, slept for an hour, and went to work that day completely healed and refreshed.
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We are equal
VERA SOHR KELLY
The closeness of the Christ
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SAMUEL LEWIS with contributions from PAMELA LEWIS