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A TIMELY ISSUE

From the April 1883 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Mary Baker Eddy has been verified as the author of this unsigned article by The Mary Baker Eddy Library.

This article was later republished in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896: Mis 4:11-8:7


An organ from the Christian Scientists has become a necessity. Many questions come to the College and to the practising students, yet but little time has been devoted to their answer. Further enlightenment is necessary for the age, and a paper devoted to this work seems alone adequate to meet the requirement. Much interest is expressed everywhere on this subject of metaphysical healing, but in many minds it is confounded with mesmerism and so-called spiritualism, so that the vastness of its power is lost where it is not correctly understood.

It is often said, "You must have a very strong will-power to heal," or "It must require a great deal of faith to make your demonstrations;" and when it is answered that there is no will-power required, and something more than faith is necessary, we meet with an expression of incredulity. It is not alone our mission to heal the sick, but we add to that the destroying of sin in mortal thought wherever we can; and this work will aid us in elevating and purifying the thought that it reaches. It cannot fail of it, since we shall devote our best energies to it.

This science, that reveals man spiritual, harmonious and eternal, should be generally understood. Our College should be crowded with students who are willing to consecrate themselves to this Christian work. Mothers would be enabled to produce perfect health and perfect morals in their children, by studying. Many say, "I should like to study, but I have not sufficient faith that I have the power to heal;" but the healing power is Truth, and it does not fail us in our great emergencies. "Materia medica" says, ''I can do no more; I have done all that can be done. There is nothing to build upon; there is no longer any reason for hope." Then metaphysics comes in, armed with the power of Truth, and takes up the case hopefully, having something to build upon, and is usually successful.

It seems a miracle and a mystery to many, because they do not understand that Spirit controls the body. They acknowledge a mortal mind, but believe it to emanate from the brains; but that man is the idea of Infinite Mind always perfect in Truth, Life and Love, is something not easily accepted, weighed down as mortal mind usually is with its material beliefs. That which never existed seems a solid substance. It is much easier for people to believe that the body affects the mind, than it is that the body is an expression of the mind, and reflects harmony or discord according to our thoughts.

Ministers preach from the pulpits that sickness is sent as a discipline to man to bring him nearer to God, when usually but little time is left from complaints and fretfulness.

The most of our practitioners have plenty to do, and many more are needed for the advancing age. At present, the majority of the acute cases are given to the M.D's., and those cases that are pronounced incurable are given to the scientists. Those cases should certainly prove to all minds the power of metaphysics; and it surely does to many, as the rapid growth of the work proves, and at no distant day will Christian healing rank far ahead of allopathy and homeopathy; for Truth will conquer error in the end.

Mind governs all. That we exist in the harmony of Soul, perfect, there is no doubt, for the conceptions of Life, Truth and Love must be perfect, and with that truth we conquer sickness, sin and death. Quite often it requires time to overcome our patient's faith in drugs and plasters, but when once convinced of the uselessness of such material methods they are convinced for all time. It is a noticeable fact that in families, where laws of health are strictly enforced, and great caution is observed in regard to the diet, and the conversation chiefly confined to the ailments of the body, there is the most sickness. Take a large family of children, where the mother has all that she can attend to, in keeping them clothed and fed, and health is generally the rule; whereas, in small families of one or two children, sickness is by no means the exception. They must not be allowed to breathe the cold air, because there is danger in it; they must be loaded down with coverings when they perspire, until their bodies become dry; and the mother of one child is often busier than the mother of eight.

Great charity and humility is necessary in this work. The loving patience of Jesus we strive to emulate. "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself," has daily to be exemplified, and although we meet with skepticism and incredulity in places where we should least expect it, it cannot harm us, for if we are serving Christ, Truth, of what can mortal opinion avail? We cast not our pearls before the swine; and if we cannot bring the peace of love to all, we can to many, if we are faithful laborers in His vineyard.

After looking over the newspapers of the day, very naturally comes the reflection that it is dangerous to live, so loaded seems the very air with disease. These descriptions carry fears to many minds, to be depicted in some future time upon the body. This error we shall be able in a great measure to counteract, for at the price we issue our paper we shall be able to reach many homes. A great work has already been done, and a great work yet remains to be done. We are oftentimes denied the results of our labors because people do not understand the power of metaphysics, and they think that health and strength would have returned naturally without any assistance. It is not so much a lack of generosity as it is because they are not sufficiently enlightened on this great subject. More thought is given to a material illusion than to a spiritual body kept perfect in Life, Truth and Love. If we can aid in abating suffering and diminishing sin we shall certainly have accomplished much; if we can bring to the majority the understanding that "in Him we live and move and have our being," and that drugs are not necessary to produce health and harmony, we shall have done still more in routing error. We do not intend to be classed with mediums or mesmerists, and we have something to do in overcoming error in that direction.

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