Source: Burlington Hawk-Eye
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Mrs. Eddy Explains”
Author(s): Eddy, Mary Baker
City of publication: Burlington, Iowa
Date of publication: 4 October 1901
Volume number: 63
Issue number: 100
|Eddy, Mary Baker. “Mrs. Eddy Explains.” Burlington Hawk-Eye 4 Oct. 1901 v63n100: p. 2.|
|Mary Baker Eddy (public statements); William McKinley (death: religious response); William McKinley (death, cause of); William McKinley (recovery: role of prayer); Christian Science.|
|Mary Baker Eddy; Jesus Christ; Paul.|
Mrs. Eddy Explains
Why Prayer for the President Failed—Says There Was Lack of Faith.
Concord, N. H., Oct. 3.—The opinion of Mrs. Mary
Baker G. Eddy, the head of the Christian Science denomination, on the death
of President McKinley has been obtained through an answer to the question: “Why
did Christians of every sect in the United States fail in their prayers to save
the life of our late lamented President?”
Mrs. Eddy says:
“My answer to this inquiry is briefly this: Insufficient faith or spiritual understanding and a compound of prayers wherein one earnest, tender desire works unconsciously against the modus operandi of another, would prevent the result desired. In the June message to my church in Boston, this year, I refer to the effect of one human desire or belief, equally sincere, unwittingly neutralizing another.
“In the practice of materia medica croton oil is not mixed with morphine to remedy dysentery, for those drugs are supposed to possess opposite qualities, and so to produce opposite effects. The spirit of the prayer of the righteous heals the sick; but this spirit is of God, and the divine mind is the same yesterday, to-day and forever, whereas the human mind is a compound of faith and doubt, of fear and hope, of faith in truth and faith in error. The knowledge that all things are possible to God excludes doubt; but differing human concepts as to the divine power and purpose of the infinite mind, and the so-called power of matter, act as the different properties of drugs are supposed to act—one against the other—and this compound neutralizes itself.
Why Prayer Failed.
“Our lamented President, in his loving acquiescence
believed that his martyrdom was God’s way. Hundreds, thousands of others believe
the same, and hundreds of thousands who prayed for him feared that the bullet
would prove fatal. Even the physicians may have feared thus.
“These conflicting states of the human mind, of trembling faith, hope, and of fear, evinced a lack of the absolute understanding of God’s omnipotence, and thus they prevented the power of absolute truth from reassuring the mind, and through it resuscitating the body of the patient.
“The divine power and poor human sense, yea, the spirit and the flesh, struggled, and to mortal sense the latter prevailed. Had prayer so fervently offered possessed no opposing element, and his recovery been regarded wholly contingent on the power of God, the power of divine love to overrule the purposes of hate, and the law of spirit to control matter, the result would have been scientific and the patient would have recovered.
“St. Paul writes: ‘For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.’ And the Saviour of man saith: ‘What things soever you desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them.’ Human governments maintain the right of the majority to rule. Christian Scientists are yet in a large minority on the subject of divine metaphysics, but they improve the morals and the lives of men; and they heal the sick on the basis that God has all power, is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, supreme over all.
“In a certain city the Master ‘did not mighty works because of their unbelief,’ because of the mental counteracting elements, the startled or unrighteous, contradicting minds of mortals. And if He were personally with us to-day, He would rebuke whatever accords not with a full faith and spiritual knowledge of God—He would mightily rebuke a single doubt of the universe.
“If the skillful surgeon or the faithful M. D. is not dismayed by a fruitless use of the knife, or the drug, has not the Christian Scientist with his conscious understanding of omnipotent power, reason for his faith shown by God’s works, even under constant stress of the hindrances aforesaid?”