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Healings that are earned, not stolen

From the July 1985 issue of The Christian Science Journal

One of the precious treasures of Christianity is spiritual healing. Christ Jesus taught the truths that underlie Christian healing. And he demonstrated these truths—consistently, decisively. Gradually mankind will discover that genuine healing comes only by surrendering to the demands of the Christ, Truth—by a broad-based spiritualization of thought.

But during the process of this discovery, the human mind would draw people in various directions, insisting that healing can be appropriated from sources other than Spirit. And yet, if sin and sickness are false states of a material mentality, as the Master proved, authentic and permanent healing won't be found in materialism; it will be found through the Christ and its regenerative, spiritualizing effect on consciousness.

Christianity does need to be protected from the constant mortal urge to look to some facet of materialism instead of looking increasingly to Spirit for salvation (even our salvation from those little day-to-day difficulties). In the last decade or so there have been promising, albeit modest, signs that the blossoming— or at least the budding—of spiritual healing is actually happening in Christian churches. During the closing fifteen years of the century, this development needs to be sheltered and nourished by those who recognize the ways that the carnal mind would attempt to distort or thwart the flowering of something so promising to society.

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