There is a difference to be appreciated between taking a pill to find relief, and growing in one’s understanding of spiritual reality to find relief.
When one finds relief from taking a pill, faith has increased in matter. That person has put their faith in that pill, has put mental effort into believing that pill, or item of matter, is going to bring them relief, and then allowed their thought to accede control to that belief. In the end, physical relief may be found, but the person’s belief-system is more entrenched into believing matter controls them than before, and to the same degree, possesses less faith that Spirit is in control.
With spiritual healing, a person’s faith moves, in a degree, from matter to Spirit. They are looking to Spirit for health and harmony, they find it in Spirit, and experience more harmony in their life because of their thought growing closer to Spirit. They are not only relieved physically, but also improved morally, mentally and spiritually. They become a better person from the inside out, and any benefit received is permanent.
There may be times when people feel they have no choice but to take a medicine. And that is fine in that they need to act to their highest sense of right under the circumstances they face, and no one else should judge that decision, for it’s between them and God. But it’s helpful to remember, that in the long run, the best healing and freedom is always going to come from growing closer to Spirit and finding health in Spirit, for real health is spiritual.
The temporal effects of pills wear off over time and leave one either wanting, or ever more enslaved to matter-based systems. But the effect of Spirit-healing endures forever. It has a permanent effect and keeps thought moving ever closer to entering that doorway titled, “Life in Spirit,” which is heaven.
“All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth”
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 151.