Thought must change

One morning I was praying very earnestly and humbly in an effort to deal with a physical problem that had been painfully bothering me for some time. Among other helpful things, I came upon this familiar statement Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, makes in the Christian Science textbook: "A sick body is evolved from sick thoughts." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 260.

After I had been pondering the simplicity and obvious meaning of this statement for a while, the thought came, "How impossible it is for one to experience healing in Christian Science unless his thinking changes, unless sickly thinking is replaced by Godlike thinking." I knew that it isn't the thinking alone that heals, but something has to change in thought, rather than in body, before the healing can take place. Speaking with those who had begun to believe in his teachings, Christ Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32. True, it is the truth that frees one, but the truth must be known by anyone seeking healing. Indeed, this is the requirement laid down by the Master in his statement.

July 16, 1984

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