Remember, Lord, the reproach of Thy servants;
how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people; wherewith Thine
enemies have reproached, O Lord; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of
Thine anointed. - Psalms.
Practical preaching 201
The best sermon ever preached is Truth practiced
and demonstrated by the destruction of sin, sickness, and death. Knowing this
and knowing too that one affection would be supreme in us and take the lead in
our lives, Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters."
We cannot build safely on false foundations.
Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things
are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all
sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the
side of God, good.
The uses of truth 201
We cannot fill vessels already full. They must
first be emptied. Let us disrobe error. Then, when the winds of God blow, we
shall not hug our tatters close about us.
The way to extract error from mortal mind is to
pour in truth through flood-tides of Love. Christian perfection is won on no
Grafting holiness upon unholiness, supposing that
sin can be forgiven when it is not forsaken, is as foolish as straining out
gnats and swallowing camels.
The scientific unity which exists between God and
man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God's will must be universally
Divine study 202
If men would bring to bear upon the study of the
Science of Mind half the faith they bestow upon the so-called pains and
pleasures of material sense, they would not go on from bad to worse, until
disciplined by the prison and the scaffold; but the whole human family would be
redeemed through the merits of Christ, - through the perception and acceptance
of Truth. For this glorious result Christian Science lights the torch of
Harmonious lifework 202
Outside of this Science all is mutable; but
immortal man, in accord with the divine Principle of his being, God, neither
sins, suffers, nor dies. The days of our pilgrimage will multiply instead of
diminish, when God's kingdom comes on earth; for the true way leads to Life
instead of to death, and earthly experience discloses the finity of error and
the infinite capacities of Truth, in which God gives man dominion over all the
Belief and practice 202
Our beliefs about a Supreme Being contradict the
practice growing out of them. Error abounds where Truth should "much more
abound." We admit that God has almighty power, is "a very present help
in trouble;" and yet we rely on a drug or hypnotism to heal disease, as if
senseless matter or erring mortal mind had more power than omnipotent Spirit.
Sure reward of righteousness 202
Common opinion admits that a man may take cold in
the act of doing good, and that this cold may produce fatal pulmonary disease;
as though evil could overbear the law of Love, and check the reward for doing
good. In the Science of Christianity, Mind - omnipotence - has all-power,
assigns sure rewards to righteousness, and shows that matter can neither heal
nor make sick, create nor destroy.
Our belief and understanding 203
If God were understood instead of being merely
believed, this understanding would establish health. The accusation of the
rabbis, "He made himself the Son of God," was really the justification
of Jesus, for to the Christian the only true spirit is Godlike. This thought
incites to a more exalted worship and self-abnegation. Spiritual perception
brings out the possibilities of being, destroys reliance on aught but God, and
so makes man the image of his Maker in deed and in truth.
Suicide and sin 203
We are prone to believe either in more than one
Supreme Ruler or in some power less than God. We imagine that Mind can be
imprisoned in a sensuous body. When the material body has gone to ruin, when
evil has overtaxed the belief of life in matter and destroyed it, then mortals
believe that the deathless Principle, or Soul, escapes from matter and lives on;
but this is not true. Death is not a stepping-stone to Life, immortality, and
bliss. The so-called sinner is a suicide. Sin kills the sinner and will continue
to kill him so long as he sins. The foam and fury of illegitimate living and of
fearful and doleful dying should disappear on the shore of time; then the waves
of sin, sorrow, and death beat in vain.
God, divine good, does not kill a man in order to
give him eternal Life, for God alone is man's life. God is at once the centre
and circumference of being. It is evil that dies; good dies not.
Spirit the only intelligence and
All forms of error support the false conclusions
that there is more than one Life; that material history is as real and living as
spiritual history; that mortal error is as conclusively mental as immortal
Truth; and that there are two separate, antagonistic entities and beings, two
powers, - namely, Spirit and matter, - resulting in a third person (mortal man)
who carries out the delusions of sin, sickness, and death.
The first power is admitted to be good, an
intelligence or Mind called God. The so-called second power, evil, is the
unlikeness of good. It cannot therefore be mind, though so called. The third
power, mortal man, is a supposed mixture of the first and second antagonistic
powers, intelligence and non-intelligence, of Spirit and matter.
Unscientific theories 204
Such theories are evidently erroneous. They can
never stand the test of Science. Judging them by their fruits, they are corrupt.
When will the ages understand the Ego, and realize only one God, one Mind or
False and self-assertive theories have given
sinners the notion that they can create what God cannot, - namely, sinful
mortals in God's image, thus usurping the name without the nature of the image
or reflection of divine Mind; but in Science it can never be said that man has a
mind of his own, distinct from God, the all Mind.
The belief that God lives in matter is
pantheistic. The error, which says that Soul is in body, Mind is in matter, and
good is in evil, must unsay it and cease from such utterances; else God will
continue to be hidden from humanity, and mortals will sin without knowing that
they are sinning, will lean on matter instead of Spirit, stumble with lameness,
drop with drunkenness, consume with disease, - all because of their blindness,
their false sense concerning God and man.
Creation perfect 205
When will the error of believing that there is
life in matter, and that sin, sickness, and death are creations of God, be
unmasked? When will it be understood that matter has neither intelligence, life,
nor sensation, and that the opposite belief is the prolific source of all
suffering? God created all through Mind, and made all perfect and eternal. Where
then is the necessity for recreation or procreation?
Perceiving the divine image 205
Befogged in error (the error of believing that
matter can be intelligent for good or evil), we can catch clear glimpses of God
only as the mists disperse, or as they melt into such thinness that we perceive
the divine image in some word or deed which indicates the true idea, - the
supremacy and reality of good, the nothingness and unreality of evil.
Redemption from selfishness 205
When we realize that there is one Mind, the
divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief in
many ruling minds hinders man's normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and
leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.
Selfishness tips the beam of human existence
towards the side of error, not towards Truth. Denial of the oneness of Mind
throws our weight into the scale, not of Spirit, God, good, but of matter.
When we fully understand our relation to the
Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, - no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no
other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.
Will-power unrighteous 206
The power of the human will should be exercised
only in subordination to Truth; else it will misguide the judgment and free the
lower propensities. It is the province of spiritual sense to govern man.
Material, erring, human thought acts injuriously both upon the body and through
Will-power is capable of all evil. It can never
heal the sick, for it is the prayer of the unrighteous; while the exercise of
the sentiments - hope, faith, love - is the prayer of the righteous. This
prayer, governed by Science instead of the senses, heals the sick.
In the scientific relation of God to man, we find
that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the
fishes, - Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply.
Birth and death unreal 206
Does God send sickness, giving the mother her
child for the brief space of a few years and then taking it away by death? Is
God creating anew what He has already created? The Scriptures are definite on
this point, declaring that His work was finished, nothing is
new to God, and that it was good.
Can there be any birth or death for man, the
spiritual image and likeness of God? Instead of God sending sickness and death,
He destroys them, and brings to light immortality. Omnipotent and infinite Mind
made all and includes all. This Mind does not make mistakes and subsequently
correct them. God does not cause man to sin, to be sick, or to die.
No evil in Spirit 206
There are evil beliefs, often called evil
spirits; but these evils are not Spirit, for there is no evil in Spirit. Because
God is Spirit, evil becomes more apparent and obnoxious proportionately as we
advance spiritually, until it disappears from our lives. This fact proves our
position, for every scientific statement in Christianity has its proof. Error of
statement leads to error in action.
Subordination of evil 207
God is not the creator of an evil mind. Indeed,
evil is not Mind. We must learn that evil is the awful deception and unreality
of existence. Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the so-called
laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit secondary. Without this lesson, we
lose sight of the perfect Father, or the divine Principle of man.
Evident impossibilities 207
Body is not first and Soul last, nor is evil
mightier than good. The Science of being repudiates self-evident
impossibilities, such as the amalgamation of Truth and error in cause or effect.
Science separates the tares and wheat in time of harvest.
One primal cause 207
There is but one primal cause. Therefore there
can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught
which does not proceed from this great and only cause. Sin, sickness, disease,
and death belong not to the Science of being. They are the errors, which
presuppose the absence of Truth, Life, or Love.
The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in
all things. The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole
universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth. Spiritual facts are not
inverted; the opposite discord, which bears no resemblance to spirituality, is
not real. The only evidence of this inversion is obtained from suppositional
error, which affords no proof of God, Spirit, or of the spiritual creation.
Material sense defines all things materially, and has a finite sense of the
Seemingly independent authority
The Scriptures say, "In Him we live, and
move, and have our being." What then is this seeming power, independent of
God, which causes disease and cures it? What is it but an error of belief, - a
law of mortal mind, wrong in every sense, embracing sin, sickness, and death? It
is the very antipode of immortal Mind, of Truth, and of spiritual law. It is not
in accordance with the goodness of God's character that He should make man sick,
then leave man to heal himself; it is absurd to suppose that matter can both
cause and cure disease, or that Spirit, God, produces disease and leaves the
remedy to matter.
John Young of Edinburgh writes: "God is the
father of mind, and of nothing else." Such an utterance is "the voice
of one crying in the wilderness" of human beliefs and preparing the way of
Science. Let us learn of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of
Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, - the reign and rule of universal harmony, which
cannot be lost nor remain forever unseen.
Sickness as only thought 208
Mind, not matter, is causation. A material body
only expresses a material and mortal mind. A mortal man possesses this body, and
he makes it harmonious or discordant according to the images of thought
impressed upon it. You embrace your body in your thought, and you should
delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness. You should banish all
thoughts of disease and sin and of other beliefs included in matter. Man, being
immortal, has a perfect indestructible life. It is the mortal belief which makes
the body discordant and diseased in proportion as ignorance, fear,
or human will governs mortals.
Allness of Truth 209
Mind, supreme over all its formations and
governing them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, the life and
light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind. The
material and mortal body or mind is not the man.
The world would collapse without Mind, without
the intelligence which holds the winds in its grasp. Neither philosophy nor
skepticism can hinder the march of the Science which reveals the supremacy of
Mind. The immanent sense of Mind-power enhances the glory of Mind. Nearness, not
distance, lends enchantment to this view.
Spiritual translation 209
The compounded minerals or aggregated substances
composing the earth, the relations which constituent masses hold to each other,
the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no
real importance, when we remember that they all must give place to the spiritual
fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit. In proportion
as this is done, man and the universe will be found harmonious and eternal.
Material substances or mundane formations,
astronomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of speculative theories,
based on the hypothesis of material law or life and intelligence resident in
matter, will ultimately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of Spirit.
Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity
to understand God. It shows the superiority of faith by works over faith in
words. Its ideas are expressed only in "new tongues;" and these are
interpreted by the translation of the spiritual original into the language which
human thought can comprehend.
Jesus' disregard of matter 210
The Principle and proof of Christianity are
discerned by spiritual sense. They are set forth in Jesus' demonstrations, which
show - by his healing the sick, casting out evils, and destroying death,
"the last enemy that shall be destroyed," - his disregard of matter
and its so-called laws.
Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever
manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind,
hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the scientific
action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a better
understanding of Soul and salvation. Jesus healed sickness and sin by one and
the same metaphysical process.
Mind not mortal 210
The expression mortal mind is
really a solecism, for Mind is immortal, and Truth pierces the error of
mortality as a sunbeam penetrates the cloud. Because, in obedience to the
immutable law of Spirit, this so-called mind is self-destructive, I name it
mortal. Error soweth the wind and reapeth the whirlwind.
Matter mindless 210
What is termed matter, being unintelligent,
cannot say, "I suffer, I die, I am sick, or I am well." It is the
so-called mortal mind which voices this and appears to itself to make good its
claim. To mortal sense, sin and suffering are real, but immortal sense includes
no evil nor pestilence. Because immortal sense has no error of sense, it has no
sense of error; therefore it is without a destructive element.
If brain, nerves, stomach, are intelligent, - if
they talk to us, tell us their condition, and report how they feel, - then
Spirit and matter, Truth and error, commingle and produce sickness and health,
good and evil, life and death; and who shall say whether Truth or error is the
Matter sensationless 211
The sensations of the body must either be the
sensations of a so-called mortal mind or of matter. Nerves are not mind. Is it
not provable that Mind is not mortal and that matter has no
sensation? Is it not equally true that matter does not appear in the spiritual
understanding of being?
The sensation of sickness and the impulse to sin
seem to obtain in mortal mind. When a tear starts, does not this so-called mind
produce the effect seen in the lachrymal gland? Without mortal mind, the tear
could not appear; and this action shows the nature of all so-called material
cause and effect.
It should no longer be said in Israel that
"the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on
edge." Sympathy with error should disappear. The transfer of the thoughts
of one erring mind to another, Science renders impossible.
Nerves painless 211
If it is true that nerves have sensation, that
matter has intelligence, that the material organism causes the eyes to see and
the ears to hear, then, when the body is dematerialized, these faculties must be
lost, for their immortality is not in Spirit; whereas the fact is that only
through dematerialization and spiritualization of thought can these faculties be
conceived of as immortal.
Nerves are not the source of pain or pleasure. We
suffer or enjoy in our dreams, but this pain or pleasure is not communicated
through a nerve. A tooth which has been extracted sometimes aches again in
belief, and the pain seems to be in its old place. A limb which has been
amputated has continued in belief to pain the owner. If the sensation of pain in
the limb can return, can be prolonged, why cannot the limb reappear?
Why need pain, rather than pleasure, come to this
mortal sense? Because the memory of pain is more vivid than the memory of
pleasure. I have seen an unwitting attempt to scratch the end of a finger which
had been cut off for months. When the nerve is gone, which we say was the
occasion of pain, and the pain still remains, it proves sensation to be in the
mortal mind, not in matter. Reverse the process; take away this so-called mind
instead of a piece of the flesh, and the nerves have no sensation.
Human falsities 212
Mortals have a modus of their own, undirected and
unsustained by God. They produce a rose through seed and soil, and bring the
rose into contact with the olfactory nerves that they may smell it. In
legerdemain and credulous frenzy, mortals believe that unseen spirits produce
the flowers. God alone makes and clothes the lilies of the field, and this He
does by means of Mind, not matter.
No miracles in Mind-methods 212
Because all the methods of Mind are not
understood, we say the lips or hands must move in order to convey thought, that
the undulations of the air convey sound, and possibly that other methods involve
so-called miracles. The realities of being, its normal action, and the origin of
all things are unseen to mortal sense; whereas the unreal and imitative
movements of mortal belief, which would reverse the immortal modus and action,
are styled the real. Whoever contradicts this mortal mind supposition of reality
is called a deceiver, or is said to be deceived. Of a man it has been said,
"As he thinketh in his heart, so is he;" hence as a man spiritually understandeth,
so is he in truth.
Good indefinable 213
Mortal mind conceives of something as either
liquid or solid, and then classifies it materially. Immortal and spiritual facts
exist apart from this mortal and material conception. God, good, is
self-existent and self-expressed, though indefinable as a whole. Every step
towards goodness is a departure from materiality, and is a tendency towards God,
Spirit. Material theories partially paralyze this attraction towards infinite
and eternal good by an opposite attraction towards the finite, temporary, and
Sound is a mental impression made on mortal
belief. The ear does not really hear. Divine Science reveals sound as
communicated through the senses of Soul- through spiritual understanding.
Music, rhythm of head and heart
Mozart experienced more than he expressed. The
rapture of his grandest symphonies was never heard. He was a musician beyond
what the world knew. This was even more strikingly true of Beethoven, who was so
long hopelessly deaf. Mental melodies and strains of sweetest music supersede
conscious sound. Music is the rhythm of head and heart. Mortal mind is the harp
of many strings, discoursing either discord or harmony according as the hand,
which sweeps over it, is human or divine.
Before human knowledge dipped to its depths into
a false sense of things, - into belief in material origins which discard the one
Mind and true source of being, - it is possible that the impressions from Truth
were as distinct as sound, and that they came as sound to the primitive
prophets. If the medium of hearing is wholly spiritual, it is normal and
If Enoch's perception had been confined to the
evidence before his material senses, he could never have "walked with
God," nor been guided into the demonstration of life eternal.
Adam and the senses 214
Adam, represented in the Scriptures as formed
from dust, is an object-lesson for the human mind. The material senses, like
Adam, originate in matter and return to dust, - are proved non-intelligent. They
go out as they came in, for they are still the error, not the truth of being.
When it is learned that the spiritual sense, and not the material, conveys the
impressions of Mind to man, then being will be understood and found to be
Idolatrous illusions 214
We bow down to matter, and entertain finite
thoughts of God like the pagan idolater. Mortals are inclined to fear and to
obey what they consider a material body more than they do a spiritual God. All
material knowledge, like the original "tree of knowledge," multiplies
their pains, for mortal illusions would rob God, slay man, and meanwhile would
spread their table with cannibal tidbits and give thanks.
The senses of Soul 214
How transient a sense is mortal sight, when a
wound on the retina may end the power of light and lens! But the real sight or
sense is not lost. Neither age nor accident can interfere with the senses of
Soul, and there are no other real senses. It is evident that the body as matter
has no sensation of its own, and there is no oblivion for Soul and its
faculties. Spirit's senses are without pain, and they are forever at peace.
Nothing can hide from them the harmony of all things and the might and
permanence of Truth.
Real being never lost 215
If Spirit, Soul, could sin or be lost, then being
and immortality would be lost, together with all the faculties of Mind; but
being cannot be lost while God exists. Soul and matter are at variance from the
very necessity of their opposite natures. Mortals are unacquainted with the
reality of existence, because matter and mortality do not reflect the facts of
Spiritual vision is not subordinate to geometric
altitudes. Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the
light and might of intelligence and Life.
Light and darkness 215
We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is
as real as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal sense of the
absence of light, at the coming of which darkness loses the appearance of
reality. So sin and sorrow, disease and death, are the suppositional absence of
Life, God, and flee as phantoms of error before truth and love.
With its divine proof, Science reverses the
evidence of material sense. Every quality and condition of mortality is lost,
swallowed up in immortality. Mortal man is the antipode of immortal man in
origin, in existence, and in his relation to God.
Faith of Socrates 215
Because he understood the superiority and
immortality of good, Socrates feared not the hemlock poison. Even the faith of
his philosophy spurned physical timidity. Having sought man's spiritual state,
he recognized the immortality of man. The ignorance and malice of the age would
have killed the venerable philosopher because of his faith in Soul and his
indifference to the body.
The serpent of error 216
Who shall say that man is alive to-day, but may
be dead to-morrow? What has touched Life, God, to such strange issues? Here
theories cease, and Science unveils the mystery and solves the problem of man.
Error bites the heel of truth, but cannot kill truth. Truth bruises the head of
error - destroys error. Spirituality lays open siege to materialism. On which
side are we fighting?
Servants and masters 216
The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that
there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of
mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense. This understanding makes
the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., servants, instead
of masters. If man is governed by the law of divine Mind, his body is in
submission to everlasting Life and Truth and Love. The great mistake of mortals
is to suppose that man, God's image and likeness, is both matter and Spirit,
both good and evil.
If the decision were left to the corporeal
senses, evil would appear to be the master of good, and sickness to be the rule
of existence, while health would seem the exception, death the inevitable, and
life a paradox. Paul asked: "What concord hath Christ with Belial?" (2
Corinthians vi. 15.)
Personal identity 216
When you say, "Man's body is material,"
I say with Paul: Be "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be
present with the Lord." Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and
have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its own likeness. The loss of
man's identity through the understanding which Science confers is impossible;
and the notion of such a possibility is more absurd than to conclude that
individual musical tones are lost in the origin of harmony.
Paul's experience 217
Medical schools may inform us that the healing
work of Christian Science and Paul's peculiar Christian conversion and
experience, - which prove Mind to be scientifically distinct from matter, - are
indications of unnatural mental and bodily conditions, even of catalepsy and
hysteria; yet if we turn to the Scriptures, what do we read? Why, this: "If
a man keep my saying, he shall never see death!" and "Henceforth know
we no man after the flesh!"
Fatigue is mental 217
That scientific methods are superior to others,
is seen by their effects. When you have once conquered a diseased condition of
the body through Mind, that condition never recurs, and you have won a point in
Science. When mentality gives rest to the body, the next toil will fatigue you
less, for you are working out the problem of being in divine metaphysics; and in
proportion as you understand the control which Mind has over so-called matter,
you will be able to demonstrate this control. The scientific and permanent
remedy for fatigue is to learn the power of Mind over the body or any illusion
of physical weariness, and so destroy this illusion, for matter cannot be weary
You say, "Toil fatigues me." But what
is this me? Is it muscle or mind? Which is tired and so speaks?
Without mind, could the muscles be tired? Do the muscles talk, or do you talk
for them? Matter is non-intelligent. Mortal mind does the false talking, and
that which affirms weariness, made that weariness.
Mind never weary 218
You do not say a wheel is fatigued; and yet the
body is as material as the wheel. If it were not for what the human mind says of
the body, the body, like the inanimate wheel, would never be weary. The
consciousness of Truth rests us more than hours of repose in unconsciousness.
Coalition of sin and sickness
The body is supposed to say, "I am
ill." The reports of sickness may form a coalition with the reports of sin,
and say, "I am malice, lust, appetite, envy, hate." What renders both
sin and sickness difficult of cure is, that the human mind is the sinner,
disinclined to self-correction, and believing that the body can be sick
independently of mortal mind and that the divine Mind has no jurisdiction over
Sickness akin to sin 218
Why pray for the recovery of the sick, if you are
without faith in God's willingness and ability to heal them? If you do believe
in God, why do you substitute drugs for the Almighty's power, and employ means
which lead only into material ways of obtaining help, instead of turning in time
of need to God, divine Love, who is an ever-present help?
Treat a belief in sickness as you would sin, with
sudden dismissal. Resist the temptation to believe in matter as intelligent, as
having sensation or power.
The Scriptures say, "They that wait upon the
Lord . . . shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not
faint." The meaning of that passage is not perverted by applying it
literally to moments of fatigue, for the moral and physical are as one in their
results. When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, pain, weakness,
weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream will
forever cease. My method of treating fatigue applies to all bodily ailments,
since Mind should be, and is, supreme, absolute, and final.
Affirmation and result 219
In mathematics, we do not multiply when we should
subtract, and then say the product is correct. No more can we say in Science
that muscles give strength, that nerves give pain or pleasure, or that matter
governs, and then expect that the result will be harmony. Not muscles, nerves,
nor bones, but mortal mind makes the whole body "sick, and the whole heart
faint;" whereas divine Mind heals.
When this is understood, we shall never affirm
concerning the body what we do not wish to have manifested. We shall not call
the body weak, if we would have it strong; for the belief in feebleness must
obtain in the human mind before it can be made manifest on the body, and the
destruction of the belief will be the removal of its effects. Science includes
no rule of discord, but governs harmoniously. "The wish," says the
poet, "is ever father to the thought."
Scientific beginning 219
We may hear a sweet melody, and yet misunderstand
the science that governs it. Those who are healed through metaphysical Science,
not comprehending the Principle of the cure, may misunderstand it, and impute
their recovery to change of air or diet, not rendering to God the honor due to
Him alone. Entire immunity from the belief in sin, suffering, and death may not
be reached at this period, but we may look for an abatement of these evils; and
this scientific beginning is in the right direction.
Hygiene ineffectual 220
We hear it said: "I exercise daily in the
open air. I take cold baths, in order to overcome a predisposition to take cold;
and yet I have continual colds, catarrh, and cough." Such admissions ought
to open people's eyes to the inefficacy of material hygiene, and induce
sufferers to look in other directions for cause and cure.
Instinct is better than misguided reason, as even
nature declares. The violet lifts her blue eye to greet the early spring. The
leaves clap their hands as nature's untired worshippers. The snowbird sings and
soars amid the blasts; he has no catarrh from wet feet, and procures a summer
residence with more ease than a nabob. The atmosphere of the earth, kinder than
the atmosphere of mortal mind, leaves catarrh to the latter. Colds, coughs, and
contagion are engendered solely by human theories.
The reflex phenomena 220
Mortal mind produces its own phenomena, and then
charges them to something else, - like a kitten glancing into the mirror at
itself and thinking it sees another kitten.
A clergyman once adopted a diet of bread and
water to increase his spirituality. Finding his health failing, he gave up his
abstinence, and advised others never to try dietetics for growth in grace.
Volition far-reaching 220
The belief that either fasting or feasting makes
men better morally or physically is one of the fruits of "the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil," concerning which God said, "Thou shalt
not eat of it." Mortal mind forms all conditions of the mortal body, and
controls the stomach, bones, lungs, heart, blood, etc., as directly as the
volition or will moves the hand.
Starvation and dyspepsia 221
I knew a person who when quite a child adopted
the Graham system to cure dyspepsia. For many years, he ate only bread and
vegetables, and drank nothing but water. His dyspepsia increasing, he decided
that his diet should be more rigid, and thereafter he partook of but one meal in
twenty-four hours, this meal consisting of only a thin slice of bread without
water. His physician also recommended that he should not wet his parched throat
until three hours after eating. He passed many weary years in hunger and
weakness, almost in starvation, and finally made up his mind to die, having
exhausted the skill of the doctors, who kindly informed him that death was
indeed his only alternative. At this point Christian Science saved him, and he
is now in perfect health without a vestige of the old complaint.
He learned that suffering and disease were the
self-imposed beliefs of mortals, and not the facts of being; that God never
decreed disease, - never ordained a law that fasting should be a means of
health. Hence semi-starvation is not acceptable to wisdom, and it is equally far
from Science, in which being is sustained by God, Mind. These truths, opening
his eyes, relieved his stomach, and he ate without suffering, "giving God
thanks;" but he never enjoyed his food as he had imagined he would when,
still the slave of matter, he thought of the fleshpots of Egypt, feeling
childhood's hunger and undisciplined by self-denial and divine Science.
Mind and stomach 221
This new-born understanding, that neither food
nor the stomach, without the consent of mortal mind, can make one suffer, brings
with it another lesson, - that gluttony is a sensual illusion, and that this
phantasm of mortal mind disappears as we better apprehend our spiritual
existence and ascend the ladder of life.
This person learned that food affects the body
only as mortal mind has its material methods of working, one of which is to
believe that proper food supplies nutriment and strength to the human system. He
learned also that mortal mind makes a mortal body, whereas Truth regenerates
this fleshly mind and feeds thought with the bread of Life.
Food had less power to help or to hurt him after
he had availed himself of the fact that Mind governs man, and he also had less
faith in the so-called pleasures and pains of matter. Taking less thought about
what he should eat or drink, consulting the stomach less about the economy of
living and God more, he recovered strength and flesh rapidly. For many years he
had been kept alive, as was believed, only by the strictest adherence to hygiene
and drugs, and yet he continued ill all the while. Now he dropped drugs and
material hygiene, and was well.
He learned that a dyspeptic was very far from
being the image and likeness of God, - far from having "dominion over the
fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle," if
eating a bit of animal flesh could overpower him. He finally concluded that God
never made a dyspeptic, while fear, hygiene, physiology, and physics had made
him one, contrary to His commands.
Life only in Spirit 222
In seeking a cure for dyspepsia consult matter
not at all, and eat what is set before you, "asking no question for
conscience sake." We must destroy the false belief that life and
intelligence are in matter, and plant ourselves upon what is pure and perfect.
Paul said, "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the
flesh." Sooner or later we shall learn that the fetters of man's finite
capacity are forged by the illusion that he lives in body instead of in Soul, in
matter instead of in Spirit.
Soul greater than body 223
Matter does not express Spirit. God is infinite
omnipresent Spirit. If Spirit is all and is everywhere, what
and where is matter? Remember that truth is greater than error, and we cannot
put the greater into the less. Soul is Spirit, and Spirit is greater than body.
If Spirit were once within the body, Spirit would be finite, and therefore could
not be Spirit.
The question of the ages 223
The question, "What is Truth,"
convulses the world. Many are ready to meet this inquiry with the assurance
which comes of understanding; but more are blinded by their old illusions, and
try to "give it pause." "If the blind lead the blind, both shall
fall into the ditch."
The efforts of error to answer this question by
some ology are vain. Spiritual rationality and free thought
accompany approaching Science, and cannot be put down. They will emancipate
humanity, and supplant unscientific means and so-called laws.
Heralds of Science 223
Peals that should startle the slumbering thought
from its erroneous dream are partially unheeded; but the last trump has not
sounded, or this would not be so. Marvels, calamities, and sin will much more
abound as truth urges upon mortals its resisted claims; but the awful daring of
sin destroys sin, and foreshadows the triumph of truth. God will overturn, until
"He come whose right it is." Longevity is increasing and the power of
sin diminishing, for the world feels the alterative effect of truth through
As the crude footprints of the past disappear
from the dissolving paths of the present, we shall better understand the Science
which governs these changes, and shall plant our feet on firmer ground. Every
sensuous pleasure or pain is self-destroyed through suffering. There should be
painless progress, attended by life and peace instead of discord and death.
Sectarianism and opposition 224
In the record of nineteen centuries, there are
sects many but not enough Christianity. Centuries ago religionists were ready to
hail an anthropomorphic God, and array His vicegerent with pomp and splendor;
but this was not the manner of truth's appearing. Of old the cross was truth's
central sign, and it is to-day. The modern lash is less material than the Roman
scourge, but it is equally as cutting. Cold disdain, stubborn resistance,
opposition from church, state laws, and the press, are still the harbingers of
truth's full-orbed appearing.
A higher and more practical Christianity,
demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness and in
health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission. Will you open or
close the door upon this angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of meekness, as
he came of old to the patriarch at noonday?
Mental emancipation 224
Truth brings the elements of liberty. On its
banner is the Soul-inspired motto, "Slavery is abolished." The power
of God brings deliverance to the captive. No power can withstand divine Love.
What is this supposed power, which opposes itself to God? Whence cometh it? What
is it that binds man with iron shackles to sin, sickness, and death? Whatever
enslaves man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man free.
Truth's ordeal 225
You may know when first Truth leads by the
fewness and faithfulness of its followers. Thus it is that the march of time
bears onward freedom's banner. The powers of this world will fight, and will
command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to
their systems; but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on. There
is always some tumult, but there is a rallying to truth's standard.
Immortal sentences 225
The history of our country, like all history,
illustrates the might of Mind, and shows human power to be proportionate to its
embodiment of right thinking. A few immortal sentences, breathing the
omnipotence of divine justice, have been potent to break despotic fetters and
abolish the whipping-post and slave market; but oppression neither went down in
blood, nor did the breath of freedom come from the cannon's mouth. Love is the
Slavery abolished 225
Legally to abolish unpaid servitude in the United
States was hard; but the abolition of mental slavery is a more difficult task.
The despotic tendencies, inherent in mortal mind and always germinating in new
forms of tyranny, must be rooted out through the action of the divine Mind.
Men and women of all climes and races are still
in bondage to material sense, ignorant how to obtain their freedom. The rights
of man were vindicated in a single section and on the lowest plane of human
life, when African slavery was abolished in our land. That was only prophetic of
further steps towards the banishment of a world-wide slavery, found on higher
planes of existence and under more subtle and depraving forms.
Liberty's crusade 226
The voice of God in behalf of the African slave
was still echoing in our land, when the voice of the herald of this new crusade
sounded the keynote of universal freedom, asking a fuller acknowledgment of the
rights of man as a Son of God, demanding that the fetters of sin, sickness, and
death be stricken from the human mind and that its freedom be won, not through
human warfare, not with bayonet and blood, but through Christ's divine Science.
Cramping systems 226
God has built a higher platform of human rights,
and He has built it on diviner claims. These claims are not made through code or
creed, but in demonstration of "on earth peace, good-will toward men."
Human codes, scholastic theology, material medicine and hygiene, fetter faith
and spiritual understanding. Divine Science rends asunder these fetters, and
man's birthright of sole allegiance to his Maker asserts itself.
I saw before me the sick, wearing out years of
servitude to an unreal master in the belief that the body governed them, rather
House of bondage 226
The lame, the deaf, the dumb, the blind, the
sick, the sensual, the sinner, I wished to save from the slavery of their own
beliefs and from the educational systems of the Pharaohs, who to-day, as of
yore, hold the children of Israel in bondage. I saw before me the awful
conflict, the Red Sea and the wilderness; but I pressed on through faith in God,
trusting Truth, the strong deliverer, to guide me into the land of Christian
Science, where fetters fall and the rights of man are fully known and
Higher law ends bondage 227
I saw that the law of mortal belief included all
error, and that, even as oppressive laws are disputed and mortals are taught
their right to freedom, so the claims of the enslaving senses must be denied and
superseded. The law of the divine Mind must end human bondage, or mortals will
continue unaware of man's inalienable rights and in subjection to hopeless
slavery, because some public teachers permit an ignorance of divine power, - an
ignorance that is the foundation of continued bondage and of human suffering.
Native freedom 227
Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to
foresee the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legitimate state of man.
God made man free. Paul said, "I was free born." All men should be
free. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Love and
Truth make free, but evil and error lead into captivity.
Standard of liberty 227
Christian Science raises the standard of liberty
and cries: "Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sickness, sin, and
death!" Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the
"glorious liberty of the children of God," and be free! This is your
divine right. The illusion of material sense, not divine law, has bound you,
entangled your free limbs, crippled your capacities, enfeebled your body, and
defaced the tablet of your being.
If God had instituted material laws to govern
man, disobedience to which would have made man ill, Jesus would not have
disregarded those laws by healing in direct opposition to them and in defiance
of all material conditions.
No fleshly heredity 228
The transmission of disease or of certain
idiosyncrasies of mortal mind would be impossible if this great fact of being
were learned, - namely, that nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life is
God. Heredity is a prolific subject for mortal belief to pin theories upon; but
if we learn that nothing is real but the right, we shall have no dangerous
inheritances, and fleshly ills will disappear.
God-given dominion 228
The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It will
cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given dominion over
the material senses. Mortals will some day assert their freedom in the name of
Almighty God. Then they will control their own bodies through the understanding
of divine Science. Dropping their present beliefs, they will recognize harmony
as the spiritual reality and discord as the material unreality.
If we follow the command of our Master,
"Take no thought for your life," we shall never depend on bodily
conditions, structure, or economy, but we shall be masters of the body, dictate
its terms, and form and control it with Truth.
Priestly pride humbled 228
There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has
all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God. The humble
Nazarene overthrew the supposition that sin, sickness, and death have power. He
proved them powerless. It should have humbled the pride of the priests, when
they saw the demonstration of Christianity excel the influence of their dead
faith and ceremonies.
If Mind is not the master of sin, sickness, and
death, they are immortal, for it is already proved that matter has not destroyed
them, but is their basis and support.
No union of opposites 229
We should hesitate to say that Jehovah sins or
suffers; but if sin and suffering are realities of being, whence did they
emanate? God made all that was made, and Mind signifies God, - infinity, not
finity. Not far removed from infidelity is the belief which unites such
opposites as sickness and health, holiness and unholiness, calls both the
offspring of spirit, and at the same time admits that Spirit is God, - virtually
declaring Him good in one instance and evil in another.
Self-constituted law 229
By universal consent, mortal belief has
constituted itself a law to bind mortals to sickness, sin, and death. This
customary belief is misnamed material law, and the individual who upholds it is
mistaken in theory and in practice. The so-called law of mortal mind,
conjectural and speculative, is made void by the law of immortal Mind, and false
law should be trampled under foot.
Sickness from mortal mind 229
If God causes man to be sick, sickness must be
good, and its opposite, health, must be evil, for all that He makes is good and
will stand forever. If the transgression of God's law produces sickness, it is
right to be sick; and we cannot if we would, and should not if we could, annul
the decrees of wisdom. It is the transgression of a belief of mortal mind, not
of a law of matter nor of divine Mind, which causes the belief of sickness. The
remedy is Truth, not matter, - the truth that disease is unreal.
If sickness is real, it belongs to immortality;
if true, it is a part of Truth. Would you attempt with drugs, or without, to
destroy a quality or condition of Truth? But if sickness and sin are illusions,
the awakening from this mortal dream, or illusion, will bring us into health,
holiness, and immortality. This awakening is the forever coming of Christ, the
advanced appearing of Truth, which casts out error and heals the sick. This is
the salvation which comes through God, the divine Principle, Love, as
demonstrated by Jesus.
God never inconsistent 230
It would be contrary to our highest ideas of God
to suppose Him capable of first arranging law and causation so as to bring about
certain evil results, and then punishing the helpless victims of His volition
for doing what they could not avoid doing. Good is not, cannot be, the author of
experimental sins. God, good, can no more produce sickness than goodness can
cause evil and health occasion disease.
Mental narcotics 230
Does wisdom make blunders which must afterwards
be rectified by man? Does a law of God produce sickness, and can man put that
law under his feet by healing sickness? According to Holy Writ, the sick are
never really healed by drugs, hygiene, or any material method. These merely
evade the question. They are soothing syrups to put children to sleep, satisfy
mortal belief, and quiet fear.
The true healing 230
We think that we are healed when a disease
disappears, though it is liable to reappear; but we are never thoroughly healed
until the liability to be ill is removed. So-called mortal mind or the mind of
mortals being the remote, predisposing, and the exciting cause of all suffering,
the cause of disease must be obliterated through Christ in divine Science, or
the so-called physical senses will get the victory.
Destruction of all evil 231
Unless an ill is rightly met and fairly overcome
by Truth, the ill is never conquered. If God destroys not sin, sickness, and
death, they are not destroyed in the mind of mortals, but seem to this so-called
mind to be immortal. What God cannot do, man need not attempt. If God heals not
the sick, they are not healed, for no lesser power equals the infinite
All-power; but God, Truth, Life, Love, does heal the sick through the prayer of
If God makes sin, if good produces evil, if truth
results in error, then Science and Christianity are helpless; but there are no
antagonistic powers nor laws, spiritual or material, creating and governing man
through perpetual warfare. God is not the author of mortal discords. Therefore
we accept the conclusion that discords have only a fabulous existence, are
mortal beliefs which divine Truth and Love destroy.
Superiority to sickness and sin
To hold yourself superior to sin, because God
made you superior to it and governs man, is true wisdom. To fear sin is to
misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man's
relation to God, - to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care. To
hold yourself superior to sickness and death is equally wise, and is in
accordance with divine Science. To fear them is impossible, when you fully
apprehend God and know that they are no part of His creation.
Man, governed by his Maker, having no other Mind,
- planted on the Evangelist's statement that "all things were made by Him
[the Word of God]; and without Him was not anything made that was made," -
can triumph over sin, sickness, and death.
Denials of divine power 232
Many theories relative to God and man neither
make man harmonious nor God lovable. The beliefs we commonly entertain about
happiness and life afford no scatheless and permanent evidence of either.
Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine
Scripture informs us that "with God all
things are possible," - all good is possible to Spirit; but our prevalent
theories practically deny this, and make healing possible only through matter.
These theories must be untrue, for the Scripture is true. Christianity is not
false, but religions which contradict its Principle are false.
In our age Christianity is again demonstrating
the power of divine Principle, as it did over nineteen hundred years ago, by
healing the sick and triumphing over death. Jesus never taught that drugs, food,
air, and exercise could make a man healthy, or that they could destroy human
life; nor did he illustrate these errors by his practice. He referred man's
harmony to Mind, not to matter, and never tried to make of none effect the
sentence of God, which sealed God's condemnation of sin, sickness, and death.
Signs following 232
In the sacred sanctuary of Truth are voices of
solemn import, but we heed them not. It is only when the so-called pleasures and
pains of sense pass away in our lives, that we find unquestionable signs of the
burial of error and the resurrection to spiritual life.
Profession and proof 232
There is neither place nor opportunity in Science
for error of any sort. Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs
rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely in the
destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus
destroyed them. This is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God,
whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil.
Perfection gained slowly 233
In the midst of imperfection, perfection is seen
and acknowledged only by degrees. The ages must slowly work up to perfection.
How long it must be before we arrive at the demonstration of scientific being,
no man knoweth, - not even "the Son but the Father;" but the false
claim of error continues its delusions until the goal of goodness is assiduously
earned and won.
Christ's mission 233
Already the shadow of His right hand rests upon
the hour. Ye who can discern the face of the sky, - the sign material, - how
much more should ye discern the sign mental, and compass the destruction of sin
and sickness by overcoming the thoughts which produce them, and by understanding
the spiritual idea which corrects and destroys them. To reveal this truth was
our Master's mission to all mankind, including the hearts which rejected him.
Efficacy of truth 233
When numbers have been divided according to a
fixed rule, the quotient is not more unquestionable than the scientific tests I
have made of the effects of truth upon the sick. The counter fact relative to
any disease is required to cure it. The utterance of truth is designed to rebuke
and destroy error. Why should truth not be efficient in sickness, which is
solely the result of inharmony?
Spiritual draughts heal, while material lotions
interfere with truth, even as ritualism and creed hamper spirituality. If we
trust matter, we distrust Spirit.
Crumbs of comfort 234
Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love -
be it song, sermon, or Science - blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort
from Christ's table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.
Hospitality to health and good
We should become more familiar with good than
with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors
against the approach of thieves and murderers. We should love our enemies and
help them on the basis of the Golden Rule; but avoid casting pearls before those
who trample them under foot, thereby robbing both themselves and others.
Cleansing the mind 234
If mortals would keep proper ward over mortal
mind, the brood of evils which infest it would be cleared out. We must begin
with this so-called mind and empty it of sin and sickness, or sin and sickness
will never cease. The present codes of human systems disappoint the weary
searcher after a divine theology, adequate to the right education of human
Sin and disease must be thought before they can
be manifested. You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they
will control you in the second. Jesus declared that to look with desire on
forbidden objects was to break a moral precept. He laid great stress on the
action of the human mind, unseen to the senses.
Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no
more harm than one's belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious
purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another,
finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence. Better
suffer a doctor infected with smallpox to attend you than to be treated mentally
by one who does not obey the requirements of divine Science.
Teachers' functions 235
The teachers of schools and the readers in
churches should be selected with as direct reference to their morals as to their
learning or their correct reading. Nurseries of character should be strongly
garrisoned with virtue. School-examinations are one-sided; it is not so much
academic education, as a moral and spiritual culture, which lifts one higher.
The pure and uplifting thoughts of the teacher, constantly imparted to pupils,
will reach higher than the heavens of astronomy; while the debased and
unscrupulous mind, though adorned with gems of scholarly attainment, will
degrade the characters it should inform and elevate.
Physicians' privilege 235
Physicians, whom the sick employ in their
helplessness, should be models of virtue. They should be wise spiritual guides
to health and hope. To the tremblers on the brink of death, who understand not
the divine Truth which is Life and perpetuates being, physicians should be able
to teach it. Then when the soul is willing and the flesh weak, the patient's
feet may be planted on the rock Christ Jesus, the true idea of spiritual power.
Clergymen's duty 235
Clergymen, occupying the watchtowers of the
world, should uplift the standard of Truth. They should so raise their hearers
spiritually, that their listeners will love to grapple with a new, right idea
and broaden their concepts. Love of Christianity, rather than love of
popularity, should stimulate clerical labor and progress. Truth should emanate
from the pulpit, but never be strangled there. A special privilege is vested in
the ministry. How shall it be used? Sacredly, in the interests of humanity, not
Is it not professional reputation and emolument
rather than the dignity of God's laws, which many leaders seek? Do not inferior
motives induce the infuriated attacks on individuals, who reiterate Christ's
teachings in support of his proof by example that the divine Mind heals sickness
as well as sin?
A mother's responsibility 236
A mother is the strongest educator, either for or
against crime. Her thoughts form the embryo of another mortal mind, and
unconsciously mould it, either after a model odious to herself or through divine
influence, "according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount."
Hence the importance of Christian Science, from which we learn of the one Mind
and of the availability of good as the remedy for every woe.
Children's tractability 236
Children should obey their parents;
insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of self-government. Parents
should teach their children at the earliest possible period the truths of health
and holiness. Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more readily to
love the simple verities that will make them happy and good.
Jesus loved little children because of their
freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right. While age is halting
between two opinions or battling with false beliefs, youth makes easy and rapid
strides towards Truth.
A little girl, who had occasionally listened to
my explanations, badly wounded her finger. She seemed not to notice it. On being
questioned about it she answered ingenuously, "There is no sensation in
matter." Bounding off with laughing eyes, she presently added, "Mamma,
my finger is not a bit sore."
Soil and seed 237
It might have been months or years before her
parents would have laid aside their drugs, or reached the mental height their
little daughter so naturally attained. The more stubborn beliefs and theories of
parents often choke the good seed in the minds of themselves and their
offspring. Superstition, like "the fowls of the air," snatches away
the good seed before it has sprouted.
Teaching children 237
Children should be taught the Truth-cure,
Christian Science, among their first lessons, and kept from discussing or
entertaining theories or thoughts about sickness. To prevent the experience of
error and its sufferings, keep out of the minds of your children either sinful
or diseased thoughts. The latter should be excluded on the same principle as the
former. This makes Christian Science early available.
Deluded invalids 237
Some invalids are unwilling to know the facts or
to hear about the fallacy of matter and its supposed laws. They devote
themselves a little longer to their material gods, cling to a belief in the life
and intelligence of matter, and expect this error to do more for them than they
are willing to admit the only living and true God can do. Impatient at your
explanation, unwilling to investigate the Science of Mind which would rid them
of their complaints, they hug false beliefs and suffer the delusive
Patient waiting 238
Motives and acts are not rightly valued before
they are understood. It is well to wait till those whom you would benefit are
ready for the blessing, for Science is working changes in personal character as
well as in the material universe.
To obey the Scriptural command, "Come out
from among them, and be ye separate," is to incur society's frown; but this
frown, more than flatteries, enables one to be Christian. Losing her crucifix,
the Roman Catholic girl said, "I have nothing left but Christ."
"If God be for us, who can be against us?"
Unimproved opportunities 238
To fall away from Truth in times of persecution,
shows that we never understood Truth. From out the bridal chamber of wisdom
there will come the warning, "I know you not." Unimproved
opportunities will rebuke us when we attempt to claim the benefits of an
experience we have not made our own, try to reap the harvest we have not sown,
and wish to enter unlawfully into the labors of others. Truth often remains
unsought, until we seek this remedy for human woe because we suffer severely
Attempts to conciliate society and so gain
dominion over mankind, arise from worldly weakness. He who leaves all for Christ
forsakes popularity and gains Christianity.
Society and intolerance 238
Society is a foolish juror, listening only to one
side of the case. Justice often comes too late to secure a verdict. People with
mental work before them have no time for gossip about false law or testimony. To
reconstruct timid justice and place the fact above the falsehood, is the work of
The cross is the central emblem of history. It is
the lodestar in the demonstration of Christian healing, - the demonstration by
which sin and sickness are destroyed. The sects, which endured the lash of their
predecessors, in their turn lay it upon those who are in advance of creeds.
Right views of humanity 239
Take away wealth, fame, and social organizations,
which weigh not one jot in the balance of God, and we get clearer views of
Principle. Break up cliques, level wealth with honesty, let worth be judged
according to wisdom, and we get better views of humanity.
The wicked man is not the ruler of his upright
neighbor. Let it be understood that success in error is defeat in Truth. The
watchword of Christian Science is Scriptural: "Let the wicked forsake his
way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts."
Standpoint revealed 239
To ascertain our progress, we must learn where
our affections are placed and whom we acknowledge and obey as God. If divine
Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is then submitting
to Spirit. The objects we pursue and the spirit we manifest reveal our
standpoint, and show what we are winning.
Antagonistic sources 239
Mortal mind is the acknowledged seat of human
motives. It forms material concepts and produces every discordant action of the
body. If action proceeds from the divine Mind, action is harmonious. If it comes
from erring mortal mind, it is discordant and ends in sin, sickness, death.
Those two opposite sources never mingle in fount or stream. The perfect Mind
sends forth perfection, for God is Mind. Imperfect mortal mind sends forth its
own resemblances, of which the wise man said, "All is vanity."
Some lessons from nature 240
Nature voices natural, spiritual law and divine
Love, but human belief misinterprets nature. Arctic regions, sunny tropics,
giant hills, winged winds, mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers, and
glorious heavens, - all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect.
The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity. Suns and planets teach grand
lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns naturally towards
Perpetual motion 240
In the order of Science, in which the Principle
is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord. Change this statement,
suppose Mind to be governed by matter or Soul in body, and you lose the keynote
of being, and there is continual discord. Mind is perpetual motion. Its symbol
is the sphere. The rotations and revolutions of the universe of Mind go on
Progress demanded 240
Mortals move onward towards good or evil as time
glides on. If mortals are not progressive, past failures will be repeated until
all wrong work is effaced or rectified. If at present satisfied with
wrong-doing, we must learn to loathe it. If at present content with idleness, we
must become dissatisfied with it. Remember that mankind must sooner or later,
either by suffering or by Science, be convinced of the error that is to be
In trying to undo the errors of sense one must
pay fully and fairly the utmost farthing, until all error is finally brought
into subjection to Truth. The divine method of paying sin's wages involves
unwinding one's snarls, and learning from experience how to divide between sense
"Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth."
He, who knows God's will or the demands of divine Science and obeys them, incurs
the hostility of envy; and he who refuses obedience to God, is chastened by
The doom of sin 241
Sensual treasures are laid up "where moth
and rust doth corrupt." Mortality is their doom. Sin breaks in upon them,
and carries off their fleeting joys. The sensualist's affections are as
imaginary, whimsical, and unreal as his pleasures. Falsehood, envy, hypocrisy,
malice, hate, revenge, and so forth, steal away the treasures of Truth. Stripped
of its coverings, what a mocking spectacle is sin!
Spirit transforms 241
The Bible teaches transformation of the body by
the renewal of Spirit. Take away the spiritual signification of Scripture, and
that compilation can do no more for mortals than can moonbeams to melt a river
of ice. The error of the ages is preaching without practice.
The substance of all devotion is the reflection
and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin. Our
Master said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
One's aim, a point beyond faith, should be to
find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness. We should strive to
reach the Horeb height where God is revealed; and the corner-stone of all
spiritual building is purity. The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the
impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are
approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.
Spiritual baptism 241
It is "easier for a camel to go through the
eye of a needle," than for sinful beliefs to enter the kingdom of heaven,
eternal harmony. Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration,
mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality. It is only a
question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from the least of them
unto the greatest." Denial of the claims of matter is a great step towards
the joys of Spirit, towards human freedom and the final triumph over the body.
The one only way 242
There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and
Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality - to
have no other consciousness of life - than good, God and His reflection, and to
rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.
Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In
patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal
solvent of Love the adamant of error, - self-will, self-justification, and
self-love, - which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.
Divided vestments 242
The vesture of Life is Truth. According to the
Bible, the facts of being are commonly misconstrued, for it is written:
"They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast
lots." The divine Science of man is woven into one web of consistency
without seam or rent. Mere speculation or superstition appropriates no part of
the divine vesture, while inspiration restores every part of the Christly
garment of righteousness.
The finger-posts of divine Science show the way
our Master trod, and require of Christians the proof which he gave, instead of
mere profession. We may hide spiritual ignorance from the world, but we can
never succeed in the Science and demonstration of spiritual good through
ignorance or hypocrisy.
Ancient and modern miracles 243
The divine Love, which made harmless the
poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from the fiery
furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph
over sin and death. It crowned the demonstrations of Jesus with unsurpassed
power and love. But the same "Mind . . . which was also in Christ
Jesus" must always accompany the letter of Science in order to confirm and
repeat the ancient demonstrations of prophets and apostles. That those wonders
are not more commonly repeated to-day, arises not so much from lack of desire as
from lack of spiritual growth.
Mental telegraphy 243
The clay cannot reply to the potter. The head,
heart, lungs, and limbs do not inform us that they are dizzy, diseased,
consumptive, or lame. If this information is conveyed, mortal mind conveys it.
Neither immortal and unerring Mind nor matter, the inanimate substratum of
mortal mind, can carry on such telegraphy; for God is "of purer eyes than
to behold evil," and matter has neither intelligence nor sensation.
Annihilation of error 243
Truth has no consciousness of error. Love has no
sense of hatred. Life has no partnership with death. Truth, Life, and Love are a
law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare
nothing except God.
Deformity and perfection 243
Sickness, sin, and death are not the fruits of
Life. They are inharmonies which Truth destroys. Perfection does not animate
imperfection. Inasmuch as God is good and the fount of all being, He does not
produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is not real, but
is illusion, the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On
their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing nor obeying error in any
If we were to derive all our conceptions of man
from what is seen between the cradle and the grave, happiness and goodness would
have no abiding-place in man, and the worms would rob him of the flesh; but Paul
writes: "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death."
Man never less than man 244
Man undergoing birth, maturity, and decay is like
the beasts and vegetables, - subject to laws of decay. If man were dust in his
earliest stage of existence, we might admit the hypothesis that he returns
eventually to his primitive condition; but man was never more nor less than man.
If man flickers out in death or springs from
matter into being, there must be an instant when God is without His entire
manifestation, - when there is no full reflection of the infinite Mind.
Man not evolved 244
Man in Science is neither young nor old. He has
neither birth nor death. He is not a beast, a vegetable, nor a migratory mind.
He does not pass from matter to Mind, from the mortal to the immortal, from evil
to good, or from good to evil. Such admissions cast us headlong into darkness
and dogma. Even Shakespeare's poetry pictures age as infancy, as helplessness
and decadence, instead of assigning to man the everlasting grandeur and
immortality of development, power, and prestige.
The error of thinking that we are growing old,
and the benefits of destroying that illusion, are illustrated in a sketch from
the history of an English woman, published in the London medical magazine called
Perpetual youth 245
Disappointed in love in her early years, she
became insane and lost all account of time. Believing that she was still living
in the same hour which parted her from her lover, taking no note of years, she
stood daily before the window watching for her lover's coming. In this mental
state she remained young. Having no consciousness of time, she literally grew no
older. Some American travellers saw her when she was seventy-four, and supposed
her to be a young woman. She had no care-lined face, no wrinkles nor gray hair,
but youth sat gently on cheek and brow. Asked to guess her age, those
unacquainted with her history conjectured that she must be under twenty.
This instance of youth preserved furnishes a
useful hint, upon which a Franklin might work with more certainty than when he
coaxed the enamoured lightning from the clouds. Years had not made her old,
because she had taken no cognizance of passing time nor thought of herself as
growing old. The bodily results of her belief that she was young manifested the
influence of such a belief. She could not age while believing herself young, for
the mental state governed the physical.
Impossibilities never occur. One instance like
the foregoing proves it possible to be young at seventy-four; and the primary of
that illustration makes it plain that decrepitude is not according to law, nor
is it a necessity of nature, but an illusion.
Man reflects God 245
The infinite never began nor will it ever end.
Mind and its formations can never be annihilated. Man is not a pendulum,
swinging between evil and good, joy and sorrow, sickness and health, life and
death. Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and
immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker. Man is by no means a material
germ rising from the imperfect and endeavoring to reach Spirit above his origin.
The stream rises no higher than its source.
The measurement of life by solar years robs youth
and gives ugliness to age. The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists with
being. Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun. As the physical
and material, the transient sense of beauty fades, the radiance of Spirit should
dawn upon the enraptured sense with bright and imperishable glories.
Undesirable records 246
Never record ages. Chronological data are no part
of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are so many conspiracies
against manhood and womanhood. Except for the error of measuring and limiting
all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and
ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise. Man, governed by
immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds
wisdom, beauty, and holiness.
True life eternal 246
Life is eternal. We should find this out, and
begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. Let us then
shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather
than into age and blight.
Acute and chronic beliefs reproduce their own
types. The acute belief of physical life comes on at a remote period, and is not
so disastrous as the chronic belief.
Eyes and teeth renewed 247
I have seen age regain two of the elements it had
lost, sight and teeth. A woman of eighty-five, whom I knew, had a return of
sight. Another woman at ninety had new teeth, incisors, cuspids, bicuspids, and
one molar. One man at sixty had retained his full set of upper and lower teeth
without a decaying cavity.
Eternal beauty 247
Beauty, as well as truth, is eternal; but the
beauty of material things passes away, fading and fleeting as mortal belief.
Custom, education, and fashion form the transient standards of mortals.
Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, - the radiance of
Soul. Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect
Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness which transcend all
The divine loveliness 247
Comeliness and grace are independent of matter.
Being possesses its qualities before they are perceived humanly. Beauty is a
thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms
of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color. It is Love which paints
the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with
the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with
The embellishments of the person are poor
substitutes for the charms of being, shining resplendent and eternal over age
The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion
and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into
the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony.
Love's endowment 248
Love never loses sight of loveliness. Its halo
rests upon its object. One marvels that a friend can ever seem less than
beautiful. Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into
health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom. Immortal Mind
feeds the body with supernal freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful
images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a
Mental sculpture 248
The sculptor turns from the marble to his model
in order to perfect his conception. We are all sculptors, working at various
forms, moulding and chiseling thought. What is the model before mortal mind? Is
it imperfection, joy, sorrow, sin, suffering? Have you accepted the mortal
model? Are you reproducing it? Then you are haunted in your work by vicious
sculptors and hideous forms. Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect
model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually. The result is that
you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your lifework, and adopt
into your experience the angular outline and deformity of matter models.
Perfect models 248
To remedy this, we must first turn our gaze in
the right direction, and then walk that way. We must form perfect models in
thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand
and noble lives. Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness,
love - the kingdom of heaven - reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will
diminish until they finally disappear.
Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories
based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so
let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of
Renewed selfhood 249
Let the "male and female" of God's
creating appear. Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into
newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy.
Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine "powers that be."
Such is the true Science of being. Any other theory of Life, or God, is delusive
Mind is not the author of matter, and the creator
of ideas is not the creator of illusions. Either there is no omnipotence, or
omnipotence is the only power. God is the infinite, and infinity never began,
will never end, and includes nothing unlike God. Whence then is soulless matter?
Illusive dreams 249
Life is, like Christ, "the same yesterday,
and to-day, and forever." Organization and time have nothing to do with
Life. You say, "I dreamed last night." What a mistake is that! The I
is Spirit. God never slumbers, and His likeness never dreams. Mortals are the
Sleep and apathy are phases of the dream that
life, substance, and intelligence are material. The mortal night-dream is
sometimes nearer the fact of being than are the thoughts of mortals when awake.
The night-dream has less matter as its accompaniment. It throws off some
material fetters. It falls short of the skies, but makes its mundane flights
Philosophical blunders 249
Man is the reflection of Soul. He is the direct
opposite of material sensation, and there is but one Ego. We run into error when
we divide Soul into souls, multiply Mind into minds and suppose error to be
mind, then mind to be in matter and matter to be a lawgiver, unintelligence to
act like intelligence, and mortality to be the matrix of immortality.
Spirit the one Ego 250
Mortal existence is a dream; mortal existence has
no real entity, but saith "It is I." Spirit is the Ego which never
dreams, but understands all things; which never errs, and is ever conscious;
which never believes, but knows; which is never born and never dies. Spiritual
man is the likeness of this Ego. Man is not God, but like a ray of light which
comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God.
Mortal existence a dream 250
Mortal body and mind are one, and that one is
called man; but a mortal is not man, for man is immortal. A mortal may be weary
or pained, enjoy or suffer, according to the dream he entertains in sleep. When
that dream vanishes, the mortal finds himself experiencing none of these
dream-sensations. To the observer, the body lies listless, undisturbed, and
sensationless, and the mind seems to be absent.
Now I ask, Is there any more reality in the
waking dream of mortal existence than in the sleeping dream? There cannot be,
since whatever appears to be a mortal man is a mortal dream. Take away the
mortal mind, and matter has no more sense as a man than it has as a tree. But
the spiritual, real man is immortal.
Upon this stage of existence goes on the dance of
mortal mind. Mortal thoughts chase one another like snowflakes, and drift to the
ground. Science reveals Life as not being at the mercy of death, nor will
Science admit that happiness is ever the sport of circumstance.
Error self-destroyed 251
Error is not real, hence it is not more
imperative as it hastens towards self-destruction. The so-called belief of
mortal mind apparent as an abscess should not grow more painful before it
suppurates, neither should a fever become more severe before it ends.
Illusion of death 251
Fright is so great at certain stages of mortal
belief as to drive belief into new paths. In the illusion of death, mortals wake
to the knowledge of two facts: (1) that they are not dead; (2) that they have
but passed the portals of a new belief. Truth works out the nothingness of error
in just these ways. Sickness, as well as sin, is an error that Christ, Truth,
alone can destroy.
Mortal mind's disappearance 251
We must learn how mankind govern the body, -
whether through faith in hygiene, in drugs, or in willpower. We should learn
whether they govern the body through a belief in the necessity of sickness and
death, sin and pardon, or govern it from the higher understanding that the
divine Mind makes perfect, acts upon the so-called human mind through truth,
leads the human mind to relinquish all error, to find the divine Mind to be the
only Mind, and the healer of sin, disease, death. This process of higher
spiritual understanding improves mankind until error disappears, and nothing is
left which deserves to perish or to be punished.
Spiritual ignorance 251
Ignorance, like intentional wrong, is not
Science. Ignorance must be seen and corrected before we can attain harmony.
Inharmonious beliefs, which rob Mind, calling it matter, and deify their own
notions, imprison themselves in what they create. They are at war with Science,
and as our Master said, "If a kingdom be divided against itself, that
kingdom cannot stand."
Human ignorance of Mind and of the recuperative
energies of Truth occasions the only skepticism regarding the pathology and
theology of Christian Science.
Eternal man recognized 252
When false human beliefs learn even a little of
their own falsity, they begin to disappear. A knowledge of error and of its
operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error, until
the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity,
man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true likeness
of his Maker.
The false evidence of material sense contrasts
strikingly with the testimony of Spirit. Material sense lifts its voice with the
arrogance of reality and says:
Testimony of sense 252
I am wholly dishonest, and no man knoweth it. I
can cheat, lie, commit adultery, rob, murder, and I elude detection by
smooth-tongued villainy. Animal in propensity, deceitful in sentiment,
fraudulent in purpose, I mean to make my short span of life one gala day. What a
nice thing is sin! How sin succeeds, where the good purpose waits! The world is
my kingdom. I am enthroned in the gorgeousness of matter. But a touch, an
accident, the law of God, may at any moment annihilate my peace, for all my
fancied joys are fatal. Like bursting lava, I expand but to my own despair, and
shine with the resplendency of consuming fire.
Spirit, bearing opposite testimony, saith:
Testimony of Soul 252
I am Spirit. Man, whose senses are spiritual, is
my likeness. He reflects the infinite understanding, for I am Infinity. The
beauty of holiness, the perfection of being, imperishable glory, - all are Mine,
for I am God. I give immortality to man, for I am Truth. I include and impart
all bliss, for I am Love. I give life, without beginning and without end, for I
am Life. I am supreme and give all, for I am Mind. I am the substance of all,
because I AM THAT I AM.
Heaven-bestowed prerogative 253
I hope, dear reader, I am leading you into the
understanding of your divine rights, your heaven-bestowed harmony, - that, as
you read, you see there is no cause (outside of erring, mortal, material sense
which is not power) able to make you sick or sinful; and I hope that you are
conquering this false sense. Knowing the falsity of so-called material sense,
you can assert your prerogative to overcome the belief in sin, disease, or
Right endeavor possible 253
If you believe in and practise wrong knowingly,
you can at once change your course and do right. Matter can make no opposition
to right endeavors against sin or sickness, for matter is inert, mindless. Also,
if you believe yourself diseased, you can alter this wrong belief and action
without hindrance from the body.
Do not believe in any supposed necessity for sin,
disease, or death, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires
obedience to a so-called material law, for no such law exists. The belief in sin
and death is destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life instead of
death, of harmony instead of discord, of Spirit instead of the flesh.
Patience and final perfection
The divine demand, "Be ye therefore
perfect," is scientific, and the human footsteps leading to perfection are
indispensable. Individuals are consistent who, watching and praying, can
"run, and not be weary; . . . walk, and not faint," who gain good
rapidly and hold their position, or attain slowly and yield not to
discouragement. God requires perfection, but not until the battle between Spirit
and flesh is fought and the victory won. To stop eating, drinking, or being
clothed materially before the spiritual facts of existence are gained step by
step, is not legitimate. When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth
righteously, He directs our path. Imperfect mortals grasp the ultimate of
spiritual perfection slowly; but to begin aright and to
continue the strife of demonstrating the great problem of being, is doing much.
During the sensual ages, absolute Christian
Science may not be achieved prior to the change called death, for we have not
the power to demonstrate what we do not understand. But the human self must be
evangelized. This task God demands us to accept lovingly to-day, and to abandon
so fast as practical the material, and to work out the spiritual which
determines the outward and actual.
If you venture upon the quiet surface of error
and are in sympathy with error, what is there to disturb the waters? What is
there to strip off error's disguise?
The cross and crown 254
If you launch your bark upon the ever-agitated
but healthful waters of truth, you will encounter storms. Your good will be evil
spoken of. This is the cross. Take it up and bear it, for through it you win and
wear the crown. Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the
guest of God.
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