Christian Science maintains that God, who is the only creator, is perfect, and consequently that His creation is likewise perfect. Hence the teaching of Christian Science, that spiritual creation is never in need of restoration or renewal. This spiritual creation never falls, and so never needs to be redeemed; never sickens, and never needs healing; never errs, and never needs to be corrected. Moreover, the spiritual creation is the only real creation,—the creation spoken of in the thirty-first verse of the first chapter of Genesis as being "very good." That then is the truth about creation, God's creation of perfect spiritual ideas.
But mortals believe in another creation, which they call the material creation; and it is this material sense of creation wherein all the trouble seems to lie. It is subject to discord of every description; in belief it suffers, sickens, sins, and dies; and it is from the material sense of creation mortals need to be delivered or resurrected. As stated by Christian Science, the position is perfectly plain: there is in reality only the spiritual creation of God, in need of no renewal, restoration, redemption, deliverance, or resurrection; there is, in belief, a material creation, which "groaneth and travaileth in pain;" and it is from this false sense of creation mankind needs to be saved. Who will say that the need for this salvation is not the crying need of the world? It is indeed clamant in the case of every mortal; there is not one who does not require deliverance from the thralldom, the slavery of material beliefs. Every disease, every sin, results from the belief that matter is real, that the so-called material creation is real; and this erroneous belief must be destroyed in order that disease and sin and death shall disappear.
Now the purpose of Christ Jesus was essentially that of restoration. His teaching and his practice both witnessed to the fact. He demonstrated the fact when he rose from the grave after his body had been crucified. Every healing he brought about proved the reality of spiritual creation and the unreality of the material sense of things. When the case of the one with the withered hand was before him, he said: "Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other." This does not imply that the man whose hand was healed was made entirely whole, because entire restoration would have meant complete deliverance from every material belief; but what certainly happened was that he was partially renewed and restored, in so far as the healing of the hand indicated the gaining of a much better sense of activity and health. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 241) Mrs. Eddy writes, "The Bible teaches transformation of the body by the renewal of Spirit." And that is exactly what happened every time the Master healed a diseased person.
Christian Science looks upon healing as of the utmost importance. And why does it do so? Because every healing through Christian Science results from the spiritual understanding, in some degree, of the real spiritual creation. In Christian Science practice one of the commonest things to notice is that the correction of erroneous thought is accompanied by the restoration of the body. Innumerable instances have occurred where this has taken place, even to the extent of the renewal of tissue which had been badly damaged or perhaps had wasted away. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science says on page 425 of Science and Health, "Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew." Thus, in Christian Science practice the material body is not treated; what is done is to destroy the false material belief which is causing the trouble, by the truth about the real creation; then the body responds and is formed anew. It is well to be clear on this point, because not a little confusion of thought results if the method of Christian Science healing be misunderstood.
Paul in his epistle to the Romans uses the words, "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Therein the great apostle states the Christ-method of healing, the Christian Science method of healing. Thus Paul, even as Christ Jesus, healed disease by the understanding of the Christ, Truth. Neither of them used material remedies. And in healing in the manner they did, they proved what the perfect will of God is,—namely, the sustaining of His own perfect spiritual creation. To the Colossians Paul wrote of the Father "who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son." And, as Christian Science shows, this translation "into the kingdom of his dear Son" takes place, in part, every time there is a healing of sickness or sin through the understanding of the Christ, Truth.
The power of Truth should not be limited by those who understand something about God's perfect spiritual creation. It is necessary ever to remember that God alone has power, and that every good thought demonstrates His power. It is the office of Christian Science to teach mankind concerning God and His creation; and it were well to keep constantly before us the restorative or resurrective power of Truth as set forth in these words from Science and Health (p. 162): "Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth. It changes the secretions, expels humors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind." Thus restoration by the power of Truth goes on.