“And lead us not into temptation . . . ” – Q&A #13

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.

Question: Why does Christian Science teach that disease is a temptation of evil?

Answer: Most people consider disease a normal part of human existence. They may try to make themselves better by using medicine or surgery. And they often get well. But this still leaves them able to get sick again. Why? Because they have accepted the belief that they are
something less than what God made them — which is spiritually perfect! Did not Jesus heal the sick without medicine?

Christian Science takes up where Jesus left off, with a teachable system for proving the
perfection of God and man. We are to resist disease just as we resist sin, as Mary Baker Eddy explains:

“Treat a belief in sickness as you would sin, with sudden dismissal.” (S&H 218:24-25)

“Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding
conviction that it is illegitimate,
because you know that God is no more the author of sickness
than He is of
sin.” (S&H 390:20-23)

“Be no more willing to suffer the illusion that you are sick or that some disease is developing in the system, than you are to yield to a sinful temptation on the ground that sin has its necessities.”
(S&H 381:4)

“It is unchristian to believe that pain and sickness are anything but illusions. My proof of this is, that the penalty for believing in their reality is the very pain and disease.” (Mis. 68:12-15)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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Temptation - #13


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