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Christian Healing


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1     TEXT: And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name

         shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they

3     shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall

         not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

         — MARK xvi. 17, 18

6     HISTORY repeats itself; to-morrow grows out of to-

         day. But Heaven’s favors are formidable: they are

         calls to higher duties, not discharge from care; and whoso

9     builds on less than an immortal basis, hath built on sand.

         We have asked, in our selfishness, to wait until the age

         advanced to a more practical and spiritual religion before

12    arguing with the world the great subject of Christian heal-

         ing; but our answer was, "Then there were no cross to

         take up, and less need of publishing the good news." A

15    classic writes, —

         "At thirty, man suspects himself a fool;

         Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan;

18    At fifty, chides his infamous delay,

         Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve."

         The difference between religions is, that one religion has a

21    more spiritual basis and tendency than the other; and

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1     the religion nearest right is that one. The genius of

         Christianity is works more than words; a calm and stead-

3     fast communion with God; a tumult on earth, — religious

         factions and prejudices arrayed against it, the synagogues

         as of old closed upon it, while it reasons with the storm,

6     hurls the thunderbolt of truth, and stills the tempest of

         error; scourged and condemned at every advancing foot-

         step, afterwards pardoned and adopted, but never seen

9     amid the smoke of battle. Said the intrepid reformer,

         Martin Luther: "I am weary of the world, and the world

         is weary of me; the parting will be easy." Said the more

12    gentle Melanchthon: "Old Adam is too strong for young


         And still another Christian hero, ere he passed from

15    his execution to a crown, added his testimony: "I have

         fought a good fight, . . . I have kept the faith." But

         Jesus, the model of infinite patience, said: "Come unto

18    me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will

         give you rest." And he said this when bending beneath

         the malice of the world. But why should the world hate

21    Jesus, the loved of the Father, the loved of Love? It was

         that his spirituality rebuked their carnality, and gave this

         proof of Christianity that religions had not given. Again,

24    they knew it was not in the power of eloquence or a dead

         rite to cast out error and heal the sick. Past, present,

         future magnifies his name who built, on Truth, eternity’s

27    foundation stone, and sprinkled the altar of Love with

         perpetual incense.

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1     Such Christianity requires neither hygiene nor drugs

         wherewith to heal both mind and body; or, lacking these,

3     to show its helplessness. The primitive privilege of Chris-

         tianity was to make men better, to cast out error, and heal

         the sick. It was a proof, more than a profession thereof;

6     a demonstration, more than a doctrine. It was the foun-

         dation of right thinking and right acting, and must be

         reestablished on its former basis. The stone which the

9     builders rejected must again become the head of the

         corner. In proportion as the personal and material ele-

         ment stole into religion, it lost Christianity and the power

12    to heal; and the qualities of God as a person, instead of

         the divine Principle that begets the quality, engrossed the

         attention of the ages. In the original text the term God

15    was derived from the word good. Christ is the idea

         of Truth; Jesus is the name of a man born in a remote

         province of Judea, — Josephus alludes to several indi-

18    viduals by the name of Jesus. Therefore Christ Jesus was

         an honorary title; it signified a "good man," which epi-

         thet the great goodness and wonderful works of our

21    Master more than merited. Because God is the Principle of

         Christian healing, we must understand in part this divine

         Principle, or we cannot demonstrate it in part.

24    The Scriptures declare that "God is Love, Truth, and

         Life," — a trinity in unity; not three persons in one, but

         three statements of one Principle. We cannot tell what is

27    the person of Truth, the body of the infinite, but we know

         that the Principle is not the person, that the finite cannot

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1     contain the infinite, that unlimited Mind cannot start from

         a limited body. The infinite can neither go forth from,

3     return to, nor remain for a moment within limits. We

         must give freer breath to thought before calculating the

         results of an infinite Principle, — the effects of infinite

6     Love, the compass of infinite Life, the power of infinite

         Truth. Clothing Deity with personality, we limit the ac-

         tion of God to the finite senses. We pray for God to re-

9     member us, even as we ask a person with softening of the

         brain not to forget his daily cares. We ask infinite wisdom

         to possess our finite sense, and forgive what He knows

12    deserves to be punished, and to bless what is unfit to be

         blessed. We expect infinite Love to drop divinity long

         enough to hate. We expect infinite Truth to mix with

15    error, and become finite for a season; and, after infinite

         Spirit is forced in and out of matter for an indefinite period,

         to show itself infinite again. We expect infinite Life to

18    become finite, and have an end; but, after a temporary

         lapse, to begin anew as infinite Life, without beginning and

         without end.

21    Friends, can we ever arrive at a proper conception of the

         divine character, and gain a right idea of the Principle of

         all that is right, with such self-evident contradictions?

24    God must be our model, or we have none; and if this

         model is one thing at one time, and the opposite of it at

         another, can we rely on our model? Or, having faith in it,

27    how can we demonstrate a changing Principle? We can-

         not: we shall be consistent with our inconsistent statement

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1     of Deity, and so bring out our own erring finite sense of

         God, and of good and evil blending. While admitting

3     that God is omnipotent, we shall be limiting His power at

         every point, — shall be saying He is beaten by certain kinds

         of food, by changes of temperature, the neglect of a bath,

6     and so on. Phrenology will be saying the developments of

         the brain bias a man’s character. Physiology will be say-

         ing, if a man has taken cold by doing good to his neighbor,

9     God will punish him now for the cold, but he must wait for

         the reward of his good deed hereafter. One of our lead-

         ing clergymen startles us by saying that "between Chris-

12    tianity and spiritualism, the question chiefly is concerning

         the trustworthiness of the communications, and not the

         doubt of their reality." Does any one think the departed

15    are not departed, but are with us, although we have no

         evidence of the fact except sleight-of-hand and hallu-


18    Such hypotheses ignore Biblical authority, obscure the

         one grand truth which is constantly covered, in one way

         or another, from our sight. This truth is, that we are

21    to work out our own salvation, and to meet the responsi-

         bility of our own thoughts and acts; relying not on the

         person of God or the person of man to do our work for us,

24    but on the apostle’s rule, "I will show thee my faith by

         my works." This spiritualism would lead our lives to

         higher issues; it would purify, elevate, and consecrate

27    man; it would teach him that "whatsoever a man soweth,

         that shall he also reap." The more spiritual we become

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1     here, the more are we separated from the world; and

         should this rule fail hereafter, and we grow more material,

3     and so come back to the world? When I was told the other

         day, "People say you are a medium," pardon me if I

         smiled. The pioneer of something new under the sun is

6     never hit: he cannot be; the opinions of people fly too

         high or too low. From my earliest investigations of the

         mental phenomenon named mediumship, I knew it was

9     misinterpreted, and I said it. The spiritualists abused me

         for it then, and have ever since; but they take pleasure in

         calling me a medium. I saw the impossibility, in Science,

12    of intercommunion between the so-called dead and the

         living. When I learned how mind produces disease on the

         body, I learned how it produces the manifestations ig-

15    norantly imputed to spirits. I saw how the mind’s ideals

         were evolved and made tangible; and it matters not

         whether that ideal is a flower or a cancer, if the belief is

18    strong enough to manifest it. Man thinks he is a medium

         of disease; that when he is sick, disease controls his body

         to whatever manifestation we see. But the fact remains,

21    in metaphysics, that the mind of the individual only can

         produce a result upon his body. The belief that produces

         this result may be wholly unknown to the individual, be-

24    cause it is lying back in the unconscious thought, a latent

         cause producing the effect we see.

         "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In

27    my name shall they cast out devils." The word devil

         comes from the Greek diabolos; in Hebrew it is belial, and

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1     signifies "that which is good for nothing, lust," etc. The

         signs referred to are the manifestations of the power of

3     Truth to cast out error; and, correcting error in thought,

         it produces the harmonious effect on the body. "Them

         that believe" signifies those who understand God’s su-

6     premacy, — the power of Mind over matter. "The new

         tongue" is the spiritual meaning as opposed to the material.

         It is the language of Soul instead of the senses; it translates

9     matter into its original language, which is Mind, and gives

         the spiritual instead of the material signification. It begins

         with motive, instead of act, where Jesus formed his esti-

12    mate; and there correcting the motive, it corrects the act

         that results from the motive. The Science of Christianity

         makes pure the fountain, in order to purify the stream. It

15    begins in mind to heal the body, the same as it begins in

         motive to correct the act, and through which to judge of it.

         The Master of metaphysics, reading the mind of the poor

18    woman who dropped her mite into the treasury, said,

         "She hath cast in more than they all." Again, he charged

         home a crime to mind, regardless of any outward act, and

21    sentenced it as our judges would not have done to-day.

         Jesus knew that adultery is a crime, and mind is the crim-

         inal. I wish the age was up to his understanding of these

24    two facts, so important to progress and Christianity.

         "They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any

         deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. " This is an unquali-

27    fied statement of the duty and ability of Christians to heal

         the sick; and it contains no argument for a creed or doc-

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1     trine, it implies no necessity beyond the understanding of

         God, and obedience to His government, that heals both

3     mind and body; God, — not a person to whom we should

         pray to heal the sick, but the Life, Love, and Truth that

         destroy error and death. Understanding the truth regard-

6     ing mind and body, knowing that Mind can master sick-

         ness as well as sin, and carrying out this government over

         both and bringing out the results of this higher Chris-

9     tianity, we shall perceive the meaning of the context,

         — "They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall


12    The world is slow to perceive individual advancement;

         but when it reaches the thought that has produced this,

         then it is willing to be made whole, and no longer quarrels

15    with the individual. Plato did better; he said, "What

         thou seest, that thou beest."

         The mistaken views entertained of Deity becloud the

18    light of revelation, and suffocate reason by materialism.

         When we understand that God is what the Scriptures have

         declared, — namely, Life, Truth, and Love, — we shall

21    learn to reach heaven through Principle instead of a par-

         don; and this will make us honest and laborious, knowing

         that we shall receive only what we have earned. Jesus

24    illustrated this by the parable of the husbandman. If we

         work to become Christians as honestly and as directly

         upon a divine Principle, and adhere to the rule of this

27    Principle as directly as we do to the rule of mathematics,

         we shall be Christian Scientists, and do more than we are

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1     now doing, and progress faster than we are now pro-

         gressing. We should have no anxiety about what is or

3     what is not the person of God, if we understood the

         Principle better and employed our thoughts more in dem-

         onstrating it. We are constantly thinking and talking

6     on the wrong side of the question. The less said or thought

         of sin, sickness, or death, the better for mankind, morally

         and physically. The greatest sinner and the most hope-

9     less invalid think most of sickness and of sin; but, having

         learned that this method has not saved them from either,

         why do they go on thus, and their moral advisers talk for

12    them on the very subjects they would gladly discontinue to

         bring out in their lives? Contending for the reality of

         what should disappear is like furnishing fuel for the flames.

15    Is it a duty for any one to believe that "the curse causeless

         cannot come"? Then it is a higher duty to know that

         God never cursed man, His own image and likeness. God

18    never made a wicked man; and man made by God had not

         a faculty or power underived from his Maker wherewith to

         make himself wicked.

21    The only correct answer to the question, "Who is

         the author of evil?" is the scientific statement that

         evil is unreal; that God made all that was made, but

24    He never made sin or sickness, either an error of mind

         or of body. Life in matter is a dream: sin, sickness,

         and death are this dream. Life is Spirit; and when we

27    waken from the dream of life in matter, we shall learn this

         grand truth of being. St. John saw the vision of life in

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1     matter; and he saw it pass away, — an illusion. The

         dragon that was wroth with the woman, and stood ready

3     "to devour the child as soon as it was born," was the vision

         of envy, sensuality, and malice, ready to devour the idea

         of Truth. But the beast bowed before the Lamb: it was

6     supposed to have fought the manhood of God, that Jesus

         represented; but it fell before the womanhood of God,

         that presented the highest ideal of Love. Let us re-

9     member that God — good — is omnipotent; therefore evil

         is impotent. There is but one side to good, — it has no

         evil side; there is but one side to reality, and that is the

12    good side.

         God is All, and in all: that finishes the question of

         a good and a bad side to existence. Truth is the real;

15    error is the unreal. You will gather the importance of

         this saying, when sorrow seems to come, if you will look

         on the bright side; for sorrow endureth but for the night,

18    and joy cometh with the light. Then will your sorrow be

         a dream, and your waking the reality, even the triumph

         of Soul over sense. If you wish to be happy, argue with

21    yourself on the side of happiness; take the side you wish

         to carry, and be careful not to talk on both sides, or to

         argue stronger for sorrow than for joy. You are the at-

24    torney for the case, and will win or lose according to your


         As the mountain hart panteth for the water brooks, so

27    panteth my heart for the true fount and Soul’s baptism.

         Earth’s fading dreams are empty streams, her fountains

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1     play in borrowed sunbeams, her plumes are plucked from

         the wings of vanity. Did we survey the cost of sublunary

3     joy, we then should gladly waken to see it was unreal. A

         dream calleth itself a dreamer, but when the dream has

         passed, man is seen wholly apart from the dream.

6     We are in the midst of a revolution; physics are yield-

         ing slowly to metaphysics; mortal mind rebels at its own

         boundaries; weary of matter, it would catch the meaning

9     of Spirit. The only immortal superstructure is built on

         Truth; her modest tower rises slowly, but it stands and is

         the miracle of the hour, though it may seem to the age like

12    the great pyramid of Egypt, — a miracle in stone. The

         fires of ancient proscription burn upon the altars of to-day;

         he who has suffered from intolerance is the first to be in-

15    tolerant. Homoeopathy may not recover from the heel of

         allopathy before lifting its foot against its neighbor, meta-

         physics, although homoeopathy has laid the foundation

18    stone of mental healing; it has established this axiom,

         "The less medicine the better," and metaphysics adds,

         "until you arrive at no medicine." When you have

21    reached this high goal you have learned that proportion-

         ately as matter went out and Mind came in as the remedy,

         was its potency. Metaphysics places all cause and cure

24    as mind; differing in this from homoeopathy, where cause

         and cure are supposed to be both mind and matter. Meta-

         physics requires mind imbued with Truth to heal the sick;

27    hence the Christianity of metaphysical healing, and this

         excellence above other systems. The higher attenuations

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1     of homoeopathy contain no medicinal properties, and

         thus it is found out that Mind instead of matter heals

3     the sick.

         While the matter-physician feels the pulse, examines

         the tongue, etc., to learn what matter is doing independent

6     of mind, when it is self-evident it can do nothing, the

         metaphysician goes to the fount to govern the streams;

         he diagnoses disease as mind, the basis of all action, and

9     cures it thus when matter cannot cure it, showing he was

         right. Thus it was we discovered that all physical effects

         originate in mind before they can become manifest as

12    matter; we learned from the Scripture and Christ’s healing

         that God, directly or indirectly, through His providence

         or His laws, never made a man sick. When studying the

15    two hundred and sixty remedies of the Jahr, the character-

         istic peculiarities and the general and moral symptoms

         requiring the remedy, we saw at once the concentrated

18    power of thought brought to bear on the pharmacy of

         homoeopathy, which made the infinitesimal dose effectual.

         To prepare the medicine requires time and thought; you

21    cannot shake the poor drug without the involuntary

         thought, "I am making you more powerful," and the

         sequel proves it; the higher attenuations prove that the

24    power was the thought, for when the drug disappears by

         your process the power remains, and homoeopathists ad-

         mit the higher attenuations are the most powerful. The

27    only objection to giving the unmedicated sugar is, it would

         be dishonest and divide one’s faith apparently between

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1     matter and mind, and so weaken both points of action;

         taking hold of both horns of the dilemma, we should work

3     at opposites and accomplish less on either side.

         The pharmacy of homoeopathy is reducing the one hun-

         dredth part of a grain of medicine two thousand times,

6     shaking the preparation thirty times at every attenuation.

         There is a moral to this medicine; the higher natures are

         reached soonest by the higher attenuations, until the fact is

9     found out they have taken no medicine, and then the so-

         called drug loses its power. We have attenuated a grain of

         aconite until it was no longer aconite, then dropped into

12    a tumblerful of water a single drop of this harmless solu-

         tion, and administering one teaspoonful of this water at

         intervals of half an hour have cured the incipient stage of

15    fever. The highest attenuation we ever attained was to

         leave the drug out of the question, using only the sugar of

         milk; and with this original dose we cured an inveterate

18    case of dropsy. After these experiments you cannot be

         surprised that we resigned the imaginary medicine alto-

         gether, and honestly employed Mind as the only curative

21    Principle.

         What are the foundations of metaphysical healing?

         Mind, divine Science, the truth of being that casts out

24    error and thus heals the sick. You can readily perceive

         this mental system of healing is the antipode of mesmer-

         ism, Beelzebub. Mesmerism makes one disease while it is

27    supposed to cure another, and that one is worse than the

         first; mesmerism is one lie getting the better of another,

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1     and the bigger lie occupying the field for a period; it is the

         fight of beasts, in which the bigger animal beats the lesser;

3     in fine, much ado about nothing. Medicine will not arrive

         at the science of treating disease until disease is treated

         mentally and man is healed morally and physically. What

6     has physiology, hygiene, or physics done for Christianity

         but to obscure the divine Principle of healing and en-

         courage faith in an opposite direction?

9     Great caution should be exercised in the choice of

         physicians. If you employ a medical practitioner, be sure

         he is a learned man and skilful; never trust yourself in the

12    hands of a quack. In proportion as a physician is enlight-

         ened and liberal is he equipped with Truth, and his efforts

         are salutary; ignorance and charlatanism are miserable

15    medical aids. Metaphysical healing includes infinitely

         more than merely to know that mind governs the body and

         the method of a mental practice. The preparation for a

18    metaphysical practitioner is the most arduous task I ever

         performed. You must first mentally educate and develop

         the spiritual sense or perceptive faculty by which one learns

21    the metaphysical treatment of disease; you must teach

         them how to learn, together with what they learn. I

         waited many years for a student to reach the ability to

24    teach; it included more than they understood.

         Metaphysical or divine Science reveals the Principle and

         method of perfection, — how to attain a mind in harmony

27    with God, in sympathy with all that is right and opposed

         to all that is wrong, and a body governed by this mind.

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1     Christian Science repudiates the evidences of the senses

         and rests upon the supremacy of God. Christian healing,

3     established upon this Principle, vindicates the omnipo-

         tence of the Supreme Being by employing no other remedy

         than Truth, Life, and Love, understood, to heal all ills

6     that flesh is heir to. It places no faith in hygiene or drugs;

         it reposes all faith in mind, in spiritual power divinely

         directed. By rightly understanding the power of mind

9     over matter, it enables mind to govern matter, as it rises

         to that supreme sense that shall "take up serpents" un-

         harmed, and "if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not

12    hurt them. " Christian Science explains to any one’s per-

         fect satisfaction the so-called miracles recorded in the

         Bible. Ah! why should man deny all might to the divine

15    Mind, and claim another mind perpetually at war with this

         Mind, when at the same time he calls God almighty and

         admits in statement what he denies in proof? You pray

18    for God to heal you, but should you expect this when you

         are acting oppositely to your prayer, trying everything else

         besides God, and believe that sickness is something He

21    cannot reach, but medicine can? as if drugs were superior

         to Deity.

         The Scripture says, "Ye ask, and receive not, because

24    ye ask amiss;" and is it not asking amiss to pray for a

         proof of divine power, that you have little or no faith in

         because you do not understand God, the Principle of

27    this proof? Prayer will be inaudible, and works more

         than words, as we understand God better. The Lord’s

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1     Prayer, understood in its spiritual sense, and given its

         spiritual version, can never be repeated too often for the

3     benefit of all who, having ears, hear and understand.

         Metaphysical Science teaches us there is no other Life,

         substance, and intelligence but God. How much are you

6     demonstrating of this statement? which to you hath the

         most actual substance, — wealth and fame, or Truth and

         Love? See to it, O Christian Scientists, ye who have

9     named the name of Christ with a higher meaning, that you

         abide by your statements, and abound in Love and Truth,

         for unless you do this you are not demonstrating the

12    Science of metaphysical healing. The immeasurable

         Life and Love will occupy your affections, come nearer

         your hearts and into your homes when you touch but the

15    hem of Truth’s garment.

         A word about the five personal senses, and we will leave

         our abstract subjects for this time. The only evidence we

18    have of sin, sickness, or death is furnished by these senses;

         but how can we rely on their testimony when the senses

         afford no evidence of Truth? They can neither see, hear,

21    feel, taste, nor smell God; and shall we call that reliable

         evidence through which we can gain no understanding of

         Truth, Life, and Love? Again, shall we say that God

24    hath created those senses through which it is impossible to

         approach Him? Friends, it is of the utmost importance

         that we look into these subjects, and gain our evidences of

27    Life from the correct source. Jesus said, "I am the way,

         the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father,

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1     but by me," — through the footsteps of Truth. Not by the

         senses — the lusts of the flesh, the pride of life, envy,

3     hypocrisy, or malice, the pleasures or the pains of the

         personal senses — does man get nearer his divine nature

         and present the image and likeness of God. How, then,

6     can it be that material man and the personal senses were

         created by God? Love makes the spiritual man, lust

         makes the material so-called man, and God made all that

9     was made; therefore the so-called material man and these

         personal senses, with all their evidences of sin, sickness,

         and death, are but a dream, — they are not the realities of

12    life; and we shall all learn this as we awake to behold His


         The allegory of Adam, when spiritually understood,

15    explains this dream of material life, even the dream of

         the "deep sleep" that fell upon Adam when the spiritual

         senses were hushed by material sense that before had

18    claimed audience with a serpent. Sin, sickness, and

         death never proceeded from Truth, Life, and Love. Sin,

         sickness, and death are error; they are not Truth, and

21    therefore are not TRUE. Sin is a supposed mental condi-

         tion; sickness and death are supposed physical ones, but

         all appeared through the false supposition of life and in-

24    telligence in matter. Sin was first in the allegory, and

         sickness and death were produced by sin. Then was not

         sin of mental origin, and did not mind originate the de-

27    lusion? If sickness and death came through mind, so

         must they go; and are we not right in ruling them out of

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1     mind to destroy their effects upon the body, that both

         mortal mind and mortal body shall yield to the govern-

3     ment of God, immortal Mind? In the words of Paul,

         that "the old man" shall be "put off," mortality shall

         disappear and immortality be brought to light. People are

6     willing to put new wine into old bottles; but if this be

         done, the bottle will break and the wine be spilled.

         There is no connection between Spirit and matter.

9     Spirit never entered and it never escaped from matter;

         good and evil never dwelt together. There is in reality

         but the good: Truth is the real; error, the unreal. We

12    cannot put the new wine into old bottles. If that could be

         done, the world would accept our sentiments; it would will-

         ingly adopt the new idea, if that idea could be reconciled

15    with the old belief; it would put the new wine into the

         old bottle if it could prevent its effervescing and keep it

         from popping out until it became popular.

18    The doctrine of atonement never did anything for sick-

         ness or claimed to reach that woe; but Jesus’ mission

         extended to the sick as much as to the sinner: he estab-

21    lished his Messiahship on the basis that Christ, Truth,

         heals the sick. Pride, appetites, passions, envy, and malice

         will cease to assert their Caesar sway when metaphysics is

24    understood; and religion at the sick-bed will be no blind

         Samson shorn of his locks. You must admit that what is

         termed death has been produced by a belief alone. The

27    Oxford students proved this: they killed a man by no other

         means than making him believe he was bleeding to death.

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1     A felon was delivered to them for experiment to test the

         power of mind over body; and they did test it, and proved

3     it. They proved it not in part, but as a whole; they

         proved that every organ of the system, every function of

         the body, is governed directly and entirely by mind, else

6     those functions could not have been stopped by mind in-

         dependently of material conditions. Had they changed

         the felon’s belief that he was bleeding to death, removed

9     the bandage from his eyes, and he had seen that a vein had

         not been opened, he would have resuscitated. The illusive

         origin of disease is not an exception to the origin of all

12    mortal things. Spirit is causation, and the ancient ques-

         tion, Which is first, the egg or the bird? is answered by

         the Scripture, He made "every plant of the field before it

15    was in the earth."

         Heaven’s signet is Love. We need it to stamp our re-

         ligions and to spiritualize thought, motive, and endeavor.

18    Tireless Being, patient of man’s procrastination, affords

         him fresh opportunities every hour; but if Science makes

         a more spiritual demand, bidding man go up higher, he is

21    impatient perhaps, or doubts the feasibility of the demand.

         But let us work more earnestly in His vineyard, and accord-

         ing to the model on the mount, bearing the cross meekly

24    along the rugged way, into the wilderness, up the steep

         ascent, on to heaven, making our words golden rays in the

         sunlight of our deeds; and "these signs shall follow them

27    that believe; . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and

         they shall recover."

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1     The following hymn was sung at the close: —

         "Oh, could we speak the matchless worth,

3     Oh, could we sound the glories forth,

         Which in our Saviour shine,

         We’d soar and touch the heavenly strings,

         And vie with Gabriel, while he sings,

         In notes almost divine."

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