We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Monday, July 18, 2011

Did They Really Say That?

Prayer to a corporeal God affects the sick like a drug, which has no efficacy of its own but borrows its power from human faith and belief.  The drug does nothing, because it has no intelligence.  It is a mortal belief, not divine Principle or Love, which causes a drug to be apparently either poisonous or sanative.
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.12.
I don’t need Scripture to address this nonsense.  A drug “has no efficacy of its own”?  Well, when it comes to placebos when dealing with psychosomatic illnesses, what Eddy says is true.  However, this is not what she is referring to.  Real drugs have real effects whether you believe in them or not.  Medicine, science, biology, physiology, etc all prove that drugs have effects on the human body.  For Eddy to say different defies common sense, and yet her followers still believe this just because she said so.

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