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What shall we do?
Most Christian Scientists have friends and relatives who are not interested in Christian Science, and they respect each other's rights of conscience to choose their own religion and means of healing. But if a serious illness confronts a loved one who goes to a doctor, what is the Christian Scientist's role as brother, husband, mother, sister, or very good friend? If he needs to spend time with his relative or friend in the hospital, he can certainly maintain the inspiration—the Christianly scientific manner of thinking—which can be a practical help to the relative and to himself.
It is true that disease is the antithesis of everything a Christian Scientist knows to be true about man's identity. He has proved to some degree in his own life that sickness is a false belief of the carnal mind, and he has experienced healings through prayer alone, through steadfast reliance on God. But it is also true that Scientists certainly do continue to love their dear ones who are relying on medicine.
They need not be reluctant to visit someone in a hospital because of fear of unknown procedures, of medical opinions and terms that seem foreign to their way of thinking, of unfamiliar sights or sounds. They can use such occasions as opportunities for expressing Christly qualities right there in the sickroom, bringing blessings to that situation.
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