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From the March 1964 issue of The Christian Science Journal

OCCASIONALLY one hears questioned the emphasis placed upon healing by Christian Scientists. This emphasis is even discounted as a materialistic approach to religious worship. Anyone, some critics say, wants to be rid of suffering and the limitations imposed by sickness, blindness, deformity, derangement, and other ills! What is spiritual about that?

One might ask the critics to remember the importance that Christ Jesus placed upon healing. He was able to prove in vivid ways that God is Love and that cruel conditions are plainly against His will. Jesus showed by his works and his life that the Principle of real being is Love and that Love's control of creation is demonstrable.

But it should be pointed out also that sickness is destructive; it is an element of mortality, an instrument of the devil, or evil, which the Master described as "a murderer from the beginning" (John 8: 44). And all evil, destructive action must be stopped by the action of Christ, the spirit of Truth. Destructive action is the reverse of God's law of constructive action, and the worship of God as Love lacks fulfillment until the murderous action of the carnal mind is eliminated from human consciousness.