Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be
yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. - Proverbs.
Study of medicine 443
When the discoverer of Christian Science is
consulted by her followers as to the propriety, advantage, and consistency of
systematic medical study, she tries to show them that under ordinary
circumstances a resort to faith in corporeal means tends to deter those, who
make such a compromise, from entire confidence in omnipotent Mind as really
possessing all power. While a course of medical study is at times severely
condemned by some Scientists, she feels, as she always has felt, that all are
privileged to work out their own salvation according to their light, and that
our motto should be the Master's counsel, "Judge not, that ye be not
Failure's lessons 443
If patients fail to experience the healing power
of Christian Science, and think they can be benefited by certain ordinary
physical methods of medical treatment, then the Mind-physician should give up
such cases, and leave invalids free to resort to whatever other systems they
fancy will afford relief. Thus such invalids may learn the value of the
apostolic precept: "Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and
doctrine." If the sick find these material expedients unsatisfactory, and
they receive no help from them, these very failures may open their blind eyes.
In some way, sooner or later, all must rise superior to materiality, and
suffering is oft the divine agent in this elevation. "All things work
together for good to them that love God," is the dictum of Scripture.
Refuge and strength 444
If Christian Scientists ever fail to receive aid
from other Scientists, - their brethren upon whom they may call, - God will
still guide them into the right use of temporary and eternal means. Step by step
will those who trust Him find that "God is our refuge and strength, a very
present help in trouble."
Charity to those opposed 444
Students are advised by the author to be
charitable and kind, not only towards differing forms of religion and medicine,
but to those who hold these differing opinions. Let us be faithful in pointing
the way through Christ, as we understand it, but let us also be careful always
to "judge righteous judgment," "and never to condemn rashly.
"Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other
also." That is, Fear not that he will smite thee again for thy forbearance.
If ecclesiastical sects or medical schools turn a deaf ear to the teachings of
Christian Science, then part from these opponents as did Abraham when he parted
from Lot, and say in thy heart: "Let there be no strife, I pray thee,
between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be
brethren." Immortals, or God's children in divine Science, are one
harmonious family; but mortals, or the "children of men" in material
sense, are discordant and ofttimes false brethren.
Conforming to explicit rules 444
The teacher must make clear to students the
Science of healing, especially its ethics, - that all is Mind, and that the
Scientist must conform to God's requirements. Also the teacher must thoroughly
fit his students to defend themselves against sin, and to guard against the
attacks of the would-be mental assassin, who attempts to kill
morally and physically. No hypothesis as to the existence of another power
should interpose a doubt or fear to hinder the demonstration of Christian
Science. Unfold the latent energies and capacities for good in your pupil. Teach
the great possibilities of man endued with divine Science. Teach the dangerous
possibility of dwarfing the spiritual understanding and demonstration of Truth
by sin, or by recourse to material means for healing. Teach the meekness and
might of life "hid with Christ in God," and there will be no desire
for other healing methods. You render the divine law of healing obscure and
void, when you weigh the human in the scale with the divine, or limit in any
direction of thought the omnipresence and omnipotence of God.
Divine energy 445
Christian Science silences human will, quiets
fear with Truth and Love, and illustrates the unlabored motion of the divine
energy in healing the sick. Self-seeking, envy, passion, pride, hatred, and
revenge are cast out by the divine Mind which heals disease. The human will
which maketh and worketh a lie, hiding the divine Principle of harmony, is
destructive to health, and is the cause of disease rather than its cure.
Blight of avarice 445
There is great danger in teaching Mind-healing
indiscriminately, thus disregarding the morals of the student and caring only
for the fees. Recalling Jefferson's 'words about slavery, "I tremble, when
I remember that God is just," the author trembles whenever she sees a man,
for the petty consideration of money, teaching his slight knowledge of
Mind-power, - perhaps communicating his own bad morals, and in this way dealing
pitilessly with a community unprepared for self-defence.
A thorough perusal of the author's publications
heals sickness. If patients sometimes seem worse while reading this book, the
change may either arise from the alarm of the physician, or it may mark the
crisis of the disease. Perseverance in the perusal of the book has generally
completely healed such cases.
Exclusion of malpractice 446
Whoever practises the Science the author teaches,
through which Mind pours light and healing upon this generation, can practise on
no one from sinister or malicious motives without destroying his own power to
heal and his own health. Good must dominate in the thoughts of the healer, or
his demonstration is protracted, dangerous, and impossible in Science. A wrong
motive involves defeat. In the Science of Mind-healing, it is imperative to be
honest, for victory rests on the side of immutable right. To understand God
strengthens hope, enthrones faith in Truth, and verifies Jesus' word: "Lo,
I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."
Iniquity overcome 446
Resisting evil, you overcome it and prove its
nothingness. Not human platitudes, but divine beatitudes, reflect the spiritual
light and might which heal the sick. The exercise of will brings on a hypnotic
state, detrimental to health and integrity of thought. This must therefore be
watched and guarded against. Covering iniquity will prevent prosperity and the
ultimate triumph of any cause. Ignorance of the error to be eradicated
oftentimes subjects you to its abuse.
No trespass on human rights 447
The heavenly law is broken by trespassing upon
man's individual right of self-government. We have no authority in Christian
Science and no moral right to attempt to influence the thoughts of others,
except it be to benefit them. In mental practice you must not forget that erring
human opinions, conflicting selfish motives, and ignorant attempts to do good
may render you incapable of knowing or judging accurately the need of your
fellow-men. Therefore the rule is, heal the sick when called upon for aid, and
save the victims of the mental assassins.
Expose sin without believing in it
Ignorance, subtlety, or false charity does not
forever conceal error; evil will in time disclose and punish itself. The
recuperative action of the system, when mentally sustained by Truth, goes on
naturally. When sin or sickness - the reverse of harmony - seems true to
material sense, impart without frightening or discouraging the patient the truth
and spiritual understanding, which destroy disease. Expose and denounce the
claims of evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them. A
sinner is not reformed merely by assuring him that he cannot be a sinner because
there is no sin. To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the
mask, point out the illusion, and thus get the victory over sin and so prove its
unreality. The sick are not healed merely by declaring there is no sickness, but
by knowing that there is none.
Wicked evasions 447
A sinner is afraid to cast the first stone. He
may say, as a subterfuge, that evil is unreal, but to know it, he must
demonstrate his statement. To assume that there are no claims of evil and yet to
indulge them, is a moral offence. Blindness and self-righteousness cling fast to
iniquity. When the Publican's wail went out to the great heart of Love, it won
his humble desire. Evil which obtains in the bodily senses, but which the heart
condemns, has no foundation; but if evil is uncondemned, it is undenied and
nurtured. Under such circumstances, to say that there is no evil, is an evil in
itself. When needed tell the truth concerning the lie. Evasion of Truth cripples
integrity, and casts thee down from the pinnacle.
Truth's great results 448
Christian Science rises above the evidence of the
corporeal senses; but if you have not risen above sin yourself, do not
congratulate yourself upon your blindness to evil or upon the good you know and do
not. A dishonest position is far from Christianly scientific. "He that
covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them
shall have mercy." Try to leave on every student's mind the strong impress
of divine Science, a high sense of the moral and spiritual qualifications
requisite for healing, well knowing it to be impossible for error, evil, and
hate to accomplish the grand results of Truth and Love. The reception or pursuit
of instructions opposite to absolute Christian Science must always hinder
Adherence to righteousness 448
If the student adheres strictly to the teachings
of Christian Science and ventures not to break its rules, he cannot fail of
success in healing. It is Christian Science to do right, and nothing short of
right-doing has any claim to the name. To talk the right and live the wrong is
foolish deceit, doing one's self the most harm. Fettered by sin yourself, it is
difficult to free another from the fetters of disease. With your own wrists
manacled, it is hard to break another's chains. A little leaven causes the whole
mass to ferment. A grain of Christian Science does wonders for mortals, so
omnipotent is Truth, but more of Christian Science must be gained in order to
continue in well doing.
Right adjusts the balance 449
The wrong done another reacts most heavily
against one's self. Right adjusts the balance sooner or later. Think it
"easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle," than for you
to benefit yourself by injuring others. Man's moral mercury, rising or falling,
registers his healing ability and fitness to teach. You should practise well
what you know, and you will then advance in proportion to your honesty and
fidelity, - qualities which insure success in this Science; but it requires a
higher understanding to teach this subject properly and correctly than it does
to heal the most difficult case.
Inoculation of thought 449
The baneful effect of evil associates is less
seen than felt. The inoculation of evil human thoughts ought to be understood
and guarded against. The first impression, made on a mind which is attracted or
repelled according to personal merit or demerit, is a good detective of
individual character. Certain minds meet only to separate through simultaneous
repulsion. They are enemies without the preliminary offence. The impure are at
peace with the impure. Only virtue is a rebuke to vice. A proper teacher of
Christian Science improves the health and the morals of his student if the
student practises what he is taught, and unless this result follows, the teacher
is a Scientist only in name.
Three classes of neophytes 450
There is a large class of thinkers whose bigotry
and conceit twist every fact to suit themselves. Their creed teaches belief in a
mysterious, supernatural God, and in a natural, all-powerful devil. Another
class, still more unfortunate, are so depraved that they appear to be innocent.
They utter a falsehood, while looking you blandly in the face, and they never
fail to stab their benefactor in the back. A third class of thinkers build with
solid masonry. They are sincere, generous, noble, and are therefore open to the
approach and recognition of Truth. To teach Christian Science to such as these
is no task. They do not incline longingly to error, whine over the demands of
Truth, nor play the traitor for place and power.
Touchstone of Science 450
Some people yield slowly to the touch of Truth.
Few yield without a struggle, and many are reluctant to acknowledge that they
have yielded; but unless this admission is made, evil will boast itself above
good. The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death;
and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of
God, or good. Sickness to him is no less a temptation than is sin, and he heals
them both by understanding God's power over them. The Christian Scientist knows
that they are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy.
False claims annihilated 450
Who, that has felt the perilous beliefs in life,
substance, and intelligence separated from God, can say that there is no error
of belief? Knowing the claim of animal magnetism, that all evil combines in the
belief of life, substance, and intelligence in matter, electricity, animal
nature, and organic life, who will deny that these are the errors which Truth
must and will annihilate? Christian Scientists must live under the constant
pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be
separate. They must renounce aggression, oppression and the pride of power.
Christianity, with the crown of Love upon her brow, must be their queen of life.
Treasure in heaven 451
Students of Christian Science, who start with its
letter and think to succeed without the spirit, will either make shipwreck of
their faith or be turned sadly awry. They must not only seek, but strive, to
enter the narrow path of Life, for "wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat." Man
walks in the direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there
will his heart be also. If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come
from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.
Obligations of teachers 451
Every Christian Scientist, every conscientious
teacher of the Science of Mind-healing, knows that human will is not Christian
Science, and he must recognize this in order to defend himself from the
influence of human will. He feels morally obligated to open the eyes of his
students that they may perceive the nature and methods of error of every sort,
especially any subtle degree of evil, deceived and deceiving. All mental
malpractice arises from ignorance or malice aforethought. It is the injurious
action of one mortal mind controlling another from wrong motives, and it is
practised either with a mistaken or a wicked purpose.
Indispensable defence 451
Show your student that mental malpractice tends
to blast moral sense, health, and the human life. Instruct him how to bar the
door of his thought against this seeming power, - a task not difficult, when one
understands that evil has in reality no power. Incorrect reasoning leads to
practical error. The wrong thought should be arrested before it has a chance to
Egotistic darkness 452
Walking in the light, we are accustomed to the
light and require it; we cannot see in darkness. But eyes accustomed to darkness
are pained by the light. When outgrowing the old, you should not fear to put on
the new. Your advancing course may provoke envy, but it will also attract
respect. When error confronts you, withhold not the rebuke or the explanation
which destroys error. Never breathe an immoral atmosphere, unless in the attempt
to purify it. Better is the frugal intellectual repast with contentment and
virtue, than the luxury of learning with egotism and vice.
Unwarranted expectations 452
Right is radical. The teacher must know the truth
himself. He must live it and love it, or he cannot impart it to others. We soil
our garments with conservatism, and afterwards we must wash them clean. When the
spiritual sense of Truth unfolds its harmonies, you take no risks in the policy
of error. Expect to heal simply by repeating the author's words, by right
talking and wrong acting, and you will be disappointed. Such a practice does not
demonstrate the Science by which divine Mind heals the sick.
Reliable authority 452
Acting from sinful motives destroys your power of
healing from the right motive. On the other hand, if you had the inclination or
power to practise wrongly and then should adopt Christian Science, the wrong
power would be destroyed. You do not deny the mathematician's right to
distinguish the correct from the incorrect among the examples on the blackboard,
nor disbelieve the musician when he distinguishes concord from discord. In like
manner it should be granted that the author understands what she is saying.
Winning the field 453
Right and wrong, truth and error, will be at
strife in the minds of students, until victory rests on the side of invincible
truth. Mental chemicalization follows the explanation of Truth, and a higher
basis is thus won; but with some individuals the morbid moral or physical
symptoms constantly reappear. I have never witnessed so decided effects from the
use of material remedies as from the use of spiritual.
Knowledge and honesty 453
Teach your student that he must know himself
before he can know others and minister to human needs. Honesty is spiritual
power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help. You uncover
sin, not in order to injure, but in order to bless the corporeal man; and a
right motive has its reward. Hidden sin is spiritual wickedness in high places.
The masquerader in this Science thanks God that there is no evil, yet serves
evil in the name of good.
Metaphysical treatment 453
You should treat sickness mentally just as you
would sin, except that you must not tell the patient that he is sick nor give
names to diseases, for such a course increases fear, the foundation of disease,
and impresses more deeply the wrong mind-picture. A Christian Scientist's
medicine is Mind, the divine Truth that makes man free. A Christian Scientist
never recommends material hygiene, never manipulates. He does not trespass on
the rights of mind nor can he practise animal magnetism or hypnotism. It need
not be added that the use of tobacco or intoxicating drinks is not in harmony
with Christian Science.
Impotence of hate 454
Teach your students the omnipotence of Truth,
which illustrates the impotence of error. The understanding, even in a degree,
of the divine All-power destroys fear, and plants the feet in the true path, -
the path which leads to the house built without hands "eternal in the
heavens." Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom. Love is
enthroned. That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the
doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips
all disguise from error.
He, who understands in a sufficient degree the
Principle of Mind-healing, points out to his student error as well as truth, the
wrong as well as the right practice. Love for God and man is the true incentive
in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads
the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to
speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth. Wait patiently for
divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect
concept. Patience must "have her perfect work."
Continuity of interest 454
Do not dismiss students at the close of a class
term, feeling that you have no more to do for them. Let your loving care and
counsel support all their feeble footsteps, until your students tread firmly in
the straight and narrow way. The superiority of spiritual power over sensuous is
the central point of Christian Science. Remember that the letter and mental
argument are only human auxiliaries to aid in bringing thought into accord with
the spirit of Truth and Love, which heals the sick and the sinner.
A mental state of self-condemnation and guilt or
a faltering and doubting trust in Truth are unsuitable conditions for healing
the sick. Such mental states indicate weakness instead of strength. Hence the
necessity of being right yourself in order to teach this Science of healing. You
must utilize the moral might of Mind in order to walk over the waves of error
and support your claims by demonstration. If you are yourself lost in the belief
and fear of disease or sin, and if, knowing the remedy, you fail to use the
energies of Mind in your own behalf, you can exercise little or no power for
others' help. "First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt
thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."
The trust of the All-wise 455
The student, who receives his knowledge of
Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, from a human teacher, may be
mistaken in judgment and demonstration, but God cannot mistake. God selects for
the highest service one who has grown into such a fitness for it as renders any
abuse of the mission an impossibility. The All-wise does not bestow His highest
trusts upon the unworthy. When He commissions a messenger, it is one who is
spiritually near Himself. No person can misuse this mental power, if he is
taught of God to discern it.
Integrity assured 455
This strong point in Christian Science is not to
be overlooked, - that the same fountain cannot send forth both sweet waters and
bitter. The higher your attainment in the Science of mental healing and
teaching, the more impossible it will become for you intentionally to influence
mankind adverse to its highest hope and achievement.
Chicanery impossible 456
Teaching or practising in the name of Truth, but
contrary to its spirit or rules, is most dangerous quackery. Strict adherence to
the divine Principle and rules of the scientific method has secured the only
success of the students of Christian Science. This alone entitles them to the
high standing which most of them hold in the community, a reputation
experimentally justified by their efforts. Whoever affirms that there is more
than one Principle and method of demonstrating Christian Science greatly errs,
ignorantly or intentionally, and separates himself from the true conception of
Christian Science healing and from its possible demonstration.
No dishonest concessions 456
Any dishonesty in your theory and practice
betrays a gross ignorance of the method of the Christ-cure. Science makes no
concessions to persons or opinions. One must abide in the morale
of truth or he cannot demonstrate the divine Principle. So long as matter is the
basis of practice, illness cannot be efficaciously treated by the metaphysical
process. Truth does the work, and you must both understand and abide by the
divine Principle of your demonstration.
This volume indispensable 456
A Christian Scientist requires my work SCIENCE
AND HEALTH for his textbook, and so do all his students and patients. Why? First:
Because it is the voice of Truth to this age, and contains the full statement of
Christian Science, or the Science of healing through Mind. Second:
Because it was the first book known, containing a thorough statement of
Christian Science. Hence it gave the first rules for demonstrating this Science,
and registered the revealed Truth uncontaminated by human hypotheses. Other
works, which have borrowed from this book without giving it credit, have
adulterated the Science. Third: Because this book has done more
for teacher and student, for healer and patient, than has been accomplished by
Purity of science 457
Since the divine light of Christian Science first
dawned upon the author, she has never used this newly discovered power in any
direction which she fears to have fairly understood. Her prime object, since
entering this field of labor, has been to prevent suffering, not to produce it.
That we cannot scientifically both cure and cause disease is self-evident. In
the legend of the shield, which led to a quarrel between two knights because
each of them could see but one face of it, both sides were beautiful according
to their degree; but to mental malpractice, prolific of evil, there is no good
aspect, either silvern or golden.
Backsliders and mistakes 457
Christian Science is not an exception to the
general rule, that there is no excellence without labor in a direct line. One
cannot scatter his fire, and at the same time hit the mark. To pursue other
vocations and advance rapidly in the demonstration of this Science, is not
possible. Departing from Christian Science, some learners commend diet and
hygiene. They even practise these, intending thereby to initiate the cure which
they mean to complete with Mind, as if the non-intelligent could aid Mind! The
Scientist's demonstration rests on one Principle, and there must and can be no
opposite rule. Let this Principle be applied to the cure of disease without
exploiting other means.
Mental charlatanism 458
Mental quackery rests on the same platform as all
other quackery. The chief plank in this platform is the doctrine that Science
has two principles in partnership, one good and the other evil, - one spiritual,
the other material, - and that these two may be simultaneously at work on the
sick. This theory is supposed to favor practice from both a mental and a
material standpoint. Another plank in the platform is this, that error will
finally have the same effect as truth.
Divinity ever ready 458
It is anything but scientifically Christian to
think of aiding the divine Principle of healing or of trying to sustain the
human body until the divine Mind is ready to take the case. Divinity is always
ready. Semper paratus is Truth's motto. Having seen so much
suffering from quackery, the author desires to keep it out of Christian Science.
The two-edged sword of Truth must turn in every direction to guard "the
tree of life."
The panoply of wisdom 458
Sin makes deadly thrusts at the Christian
Scientist as ritualism and creed are summoned to give place to higher law, but
Science will ameliorate mortal malice. The Christianly scientific man reflects
the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself. He does violence to no man.
Neither is he a false accuser. The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course,
and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind. He must
prove, through living as well as healing and teaching, that Christ's way is the
only one by which mortals are radically saved from sin and sickness.
Advancement by sacrifice 458
Christianity causes men to turn naturally from
matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then
appropriates those things which "eye hath not seen nor ear heard."
Paul and John had a clear apprehension that, as mortal man achieves no worldly
honors except by sacrifice, so he must gain heavenly riches by forsaking all
worldliness. Then he will have nothing in common with the worldling's
affections, motives, and aims. Judge not the future advancement of Christian
Science by the steps already taken, lest you yourself be condemned for failing
to take the first step.
Dangerous knowledge 459
Any attempt to heal mortals with erring mortal
mind, instead of resting on the omnipotence of the divine Mind, must prove
abortive. Committing the bare process of mental healing to frail mortals,
untaught and unrestrained by Christian Science, is like putting a sharp knife
into the hands of a blind man or a raging maniac, and turning him loose in the
crowded streets of a city. Whether animated by malice or ignorance, a false
practitioner will work mischief, and ignorance is more harmful than wilful
wickedness, when the latter is distrusted and thwarted in its incipiency.
Certainty of results 459
To mortal sense Christian Science seems abstract,
but the process is simple and the results are sure if the Science is understood.
The tree must be good, which produces good fruit. Guided by divine Truth and not
guesswork, the theologus (that is, the student - the Christian
and scientific expounder - of the divine law) treats disease with more certain
results than any other healer on the globe. The Christian Scientist should
understand and adhere strictly to the rules of divine metaphysics as laid down
in this work, and rest his demonstration on this sure basis.
Ontology defined 460
Ontology is defined as "the science of the
necessary constituents and relations of all beings," and it underlies all
metaphysical practice. Our system of Mind-healing rests on the apprehension of
the nature and essence of all being, - on the divine Mind and Love's essential
qualities. Its pharmacy is moral, and its medicine is intellectual and
spiritual, though used for physical healing. Yet this most fundamental part of
metaphysics is the one most difficult to understand and demonstrate, for to the
material thought all is material, till such thought is rectified by Spirit.
Mischievous imagination 460
Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal, - that
is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy;
it is solid conviction. It is therefore to be dealt with through right
apprehension of the truth of being. If Christian healing is abused by mere
smatterers in Science, it becomes a tedious mischief-maker. Instead of
scientifically effecting a cure, it starts a petty crossfire over every cripple
and invalid, buffeting them with the superficial and cold assertion,
"Nothing ails you."
Author's early instructions 460
When the Science of Mind was a fresh revelation
to the author, she had to impart, while teaching its grand facts, the hue of
spiritual ideas from her own spiritual condition, and she had to do this orally
through the meagre channel afforded by language and by her manuscript circulated
among the students. As former beliefs were gradually expelled from her thought,
the teaching became clearer, until finally the shadow of old errors was no
longer cast upon divine Science.
Proof by induction 461
I do not maintain that anyone can exist in the
flesh without food and raiment; but I do believe that the real man is immortal
and that he lives in Spirit, not matter. Christian Science must be accepted at
this period by induction. We admit the whole, because a part is proved and that
part illustrates and proves the entire Principle. Christian Science can be
taught only by those who are morally advanced and spiritually endowed, for it is
not superficial, nor is it discerned from the standpoint of the human senses.
Only by the illumination of the spiritual sense, can the light of understanding
be thrown upon this Science, because Science reverses the evidence before the
material senses and furnishes the eternal interpretation of God and man.
If you believe that you are sick, should you say,
"I am sick"? No, but you should tell your belief sometimes, if this be
requisite to protect others. If you commit a crime, should you acknowledge to
yourself that you are a criminal? Yes. Your responses should differ because of
the different effects they produce. Usually to admit that you are sick, renders
your case less curable, while to recognize your sin, aids in destroying it. Both
sin and sickness are error, and Truth is their remedy. The truth regarding error
is, that error is not true, hence it is unreal. To prove scientifically the
error or unreality of sin, you must first see the claim of sin, and then destroy
it. Whereas, to prove scientifically the error or unreality of disease, you must
mentally unsee the disease; then you will not feel it, and it is destroyed.
Rapidity of assimilation 461
Systematic teaching and the student's spiritual
growth and experience in practice are requisite for a thorough comprehension of
Christian Science. Some individuals assimilate truth more readily than others,
but any student, who adheres to the divine rules of Christian Science and
imbibes the spirit of Christ, can demonstrate Christian Science, cast out error,
heal the sick, and add continually to his store of spiritual understanding,
potency, enlightenment, and success.
Divided loyalty 462
If the student goes away to practise Truth's
teachings only in part, dividing his interests between God and mammon and
substituting his own views for Truth, he will inevitably reap the error he sows.
Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly
by its rules, heed every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down.
There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed
out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and persistence alone win the
prize, as they usually do in every department of life.
Anatomy defined 462
Anatomy, when conceived of spiritually, is mental
self-knowledge, and consists in the dissection of thoughts to discover their
quality, quantity, and origin. Are thoughts divine or human? That is the
important question. This branch of study is indispensable to the excision of
error. The anatomy of Christian Science teaches when and how to probe the
self-inflicted wounds of selfishness, malice, envy, and hate. It teaches the
control of mad ambition. It unfolds the hallowed influences of unselfishness,
philanthropy, spiritual love. It urges the government of the body both in health
and in sickness. The Christian Scientist, through understanding mental anatomy,
discerns and deals with the real cause of disease. The material physician gropes
among phenomena, which fluctuate every instant under influences not embraced in
his diagnosis, and so he may stumble and fall in the darkness.
Scientific obstetrics 463
Teacher and student should also be familiar with
the obstetrics taught by this Science. To attend properly the birth of the new
child, or divine idea, you should so detach mortal thought from its material
conceptions, that the birth will be natural and safe. Though gathering new
energy, this idea cannot injure its useful surroundings in the travail of
spiritual birth. A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this
truth removes properly whatever is offensive. The new idea, conceived and born
of Truth and Love, is clad in white garments. Its beginning will be meek, its
growth sturdy, and its maturity undecaying. When this new birth takes place, the
Christian Science infant is born of the Spirit, born of God, and can cause the
mother no more suffering. By this we know that Truth is here and has fulfilled
its perfect work.
Unhesitating decision 463
To decide quickly as to the proper treatment of
error - whether error is manifested in forms of sickness, sin, or death - is the
first step towards destroying error. Our Master treated error through Mind. He
never enjoined obedience to the laws of nature, if by these are meant laws of
matter, nor did he use drugs. There is a law of God applicable to healing, and
it is a spiritual law instead of material. The sick are not healed by inanimate
matter or drugs, as they believe that they are. Such seeming medical effect or
action is that of socalled mortal mind.
Seclusion of the author 463
It has been said to the author, "The world
is benefited by you, but it feels your influence without seeing you. Why do you
not make yourself more widely known?" Could her friends know how little
time the author has had, in which to make herself outwardly known except through
her laborious publications, - and how much time and toil are still required to
establish the stately operations of Christian Science, - they would understand
why she is so secluded. Others could not take her place, even if willing so to
do. She therefore remains unseen at her post, seeking no self-aggrandizement but
praying, watching, and working for the redemption of mankind.
If from an injury or from any cause, a Christian
Scientist were seized with pain so violent that he could not treat himself
mentally, - and the Scientists had failed to relieve him, - the sufferer could
call a surgeon, who would give him a hypodermic injection, then, when the belief
of pain was lulled, he could handle his own case mentally. Thus it is that we
"prove all things; [and] hold fast that which is good."
The right motive and its reward
In founding a pathological system of
Christianity, the author has labored to expound divine Principle, and not to
exalt personality. The weapons of bigotry, ignorance, envy, fall before an
honest heart. Adulterating Christian Science, makes it void. Falsity has no
foundation. "The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not
for the sheep." Neither dishonesty nor ignorance ever founded, nor can they
overthrow a scientific system of ethics.
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