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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
         Melanchthon."

         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-
         cination?

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
         recover."

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
         plea.

         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
         likeness.

         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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