It is difficult for me to answer that question as I have been Cathoilc for 35+ years and have only been reading S&H for a few months, but I will give it a shot.
According to S&H, man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones and other material elements. They say that the scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness…, Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science. Man is the idea, the image, of love; he is not physique…
It also says that man is incapable of sin, sickness and death. The real man cannot depart from his holiness, nor can God by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity of freedom to sin.
This is a quote from S&H
[left] We treat error through the understanding of Truth, because Truth is error’s antidote. If a dream ceases, it is self-destroyed, and the terror is over. When a sufferer is convinced that there is no reality in his belief of pain,–because matter has no sensation, hence pain in matter is a false belief,–how can he suffer longer? Do you feel the pain of tooth-pulling, when you believe that nitrous-oxide gas has made you unconscious? Yet, in your concept, the tooth, the operation, and the forceps are unchanged. [/left]
[left] Material beliefs must be expelled to make room for spiritual understanding. We cannot serve both
God and mammon at the same time; but is not this what frail mortals are trying to do?
If Christian Science takes away the popular gods,-- sin, sickness, and death,–it is Christ, Truth, who de- stroys these evils, and so proves their nothingness. The dream that matter and error are something must yield to reason and revelation. Then mortals will behold the nothingness of sickness and sin, and sin and sickness will disappear from consciousness. The harmonious will appear real, and the inharmo- nious unreal.
Why do these things seem so untrue? I could not have explained any of this as well, that is why I used quotes. Do you have any thoughts on what I have presented? I really am interested in the catholic piont of view.