Christ comes to the flesh

Christian Science encourages us in times of sickness to turn away from the body and its conditions. To one who is suffering, this may seem ludicrous. He may ask, "But what else is there?" Yet when we understand the premise of this approach, it is quite natural. It is basic to success in healing through prayer.

For example, some time ago one of my eyes had become totally inflamed and painful; my vision was impaired and I found any kind of light intolerable. My whole thought was riveted on the discomfort and the inconvenience. After several days, the Christian Science practitioner whom I had asked to help me urged me to study—really study—the definitions of two Bible terms given in the Glossary of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. One of the terms was Christ; the other was flesh. Mrs. Eddy defines Christ as "the divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error." Science and Health, p. 583. Her definition of flesh reads, "An error of physical belief; a supposition that life, substance, and intelligence are in matter; an illusion; a belief that matter has sensation." Ibid., p. 586.

"An house not made with hands"
July 21, 1986

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