Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Strength and Health

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Strength and Health

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THE concern for health and strength in society today has reached a frenetic level. Dietetic formulas for increasing health and exercise programs for developing strength have created a booming industry. For many people, vitamins, so-called health foods, and exercise machines have become an accustomed part of life. But for all the hype, and despite the enthusiasm of many who participate in these endeavors, one needs to ask whether these formulas and programs really work. It is quite obvious that compliance with material health laws and theories has not eradicated sickness and physical problems from the world. In fact, new diseases continue to appear and defy drugs, vitamins, exercise, and other material remedies. The way to health in Christian Science is quite different because this Science defines man in spiritual terms. It teaches that God, divine Mind, imparts health, harmony, and beauty to man, who is His own spiritual image, or idea. Christian Science explains that because man is truly governed by God, divine Mind upholds man as nothing else can. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "To be every whit whole, man must be better spiritually as well as physically. To be immortal, we must forsake the mortal sense of things, turn from the lie of false belief to Truth, and gather the facts of being from the divine Mind" (pp. 369-370). Only through a spiritual sense of being do we learn how to govern the body successfully, how to supply it with genuine, lasting health and strength. When I was fourteen I was the proverbial "ninety-seven-pound weakling." My health was fragile. Determined to turn my life around, I plunged into a program of vigorous exercise. By the time I was seventeen, I had gained a certain body strength, but my health had hardly improved. I suffered from a variety of ills, including nervous exhaustion, a weak stomach, and high blood pressure. I continued to exercise and added vitamins and health foods to my diet. Nothing helped. In spite of all my efforts, my health continued to be in flux. …
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