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Chapter 1 – Introductory – A Timely Issue

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12    At this date, 1883, a newspaper edited and published

         by the Christian Scientists has become a necessity. Many

         questions important to be disposed of come to the Col-

15    lege and to the practising students, yet but little time

         has been devoted to their answer. Further enlight-

         enment is necessary for the age, and a periodical de-

18    voted to this work seems alone adequate to meet the

         requirement. Much interest is awakened and expressed

         on the subject of metaphysical healing, but in many

21    minds it is confounded with isms, and even infidelity, so

         that its religious specialty and the vastness of its worth

         are not understood.

24    It is often said, “You must have a very strong will-

         power to heal,” or, “It must require a great deal of faith

         to make your demonstrations.” When it is answered

27    that there is no will-power required, and that something

         more than faith is necessary, we meet with an expression

         of incredulity. It is not alone the mission of Christian

30    Science to heal the sick, but to destroy sin in mortal

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1     thought. This work well done will elevate and purify

         the race. It cannot fail to do this if we devote our best

3     energies to the work.

         Science reveals man as spiritual, harmonious, and eter-

         nal. This should be understood. Our College should

6     be crowded with students who are willing to consecrate

         themselves to this Christian work. Mothers should be

         able to produce perfect health and perfect morals in their

9     children — and ministers, to heal the sick — by study-

         ing this scientific method of practising Christianity.

         Many say, “I should like to study, but have not suffi-

12    cient faith that I have the power to heal.” The healing

         power is Truth and Love, and these do not fail in the

         greatest emergencies.

15    Materia medica says, “I can do no more. I have

         done all that can be done. There is nothing to build

         upon. There is no longer any reason for hope.” Then

18    metaphysics comes in, armed with the power of Spirit,

         not matter, takes up the case hopefully and builds on

         the stone that the builders have rejected, and is suc-

21    cessful.

         Metaphysical therapeutics can seem a miracle and a

         mystery to those only who do not understand the grand

24    reality that Mind controls the body. They acknowledge

         an erring or mortal mind, but believe it to be brain mat-

         ter. That man is the idea of infinite Mind, always perfect

27    in God, in Truth, Life, and Love, is something not easily

         accepted, weighed down as is mortal thought with mate-

         rial beliefs. That which never existed, can seem solid

30    substance to this thought. It is much easier for people

         to believe that the body affects the mind, than that the

         mind affects the body.

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1     We hear from the pulpits that sickness is sent as a

         discipline to bring man nearer to God, — even though

3     sickness often leaves mortals but little time free from

         complaints and fretfulness, and Jesus cast out disease as


6     The most of our Christian Science practitioners have

         plenty to do, and many more are needed for the ad-

         vancement of the age. At present the majority of the

9     acute cases are given to the M. D.’s, and only those

         cases that are pronounced incurable are passed over to

         the Scientist. The healing of such cases should cer-

12    tainly prove to all minds the power of metaphysics over

         physics; and it surely does, to many thinkers, as the

         rapid growth of the work shows. At no distant day,

15    Christian healing will rank far in advance of allopathy

         and homoeopathy; for Truth must ultimately succeed

         where error fails.

18    Mind governs all. That we exist in God, perfect,

         there is no doubt, for the conceptions of Life, Truth, and

         Love must be perfect; and with that basic truth we con-

21    quer sickness, sin, and death. Frequently it requires

         time to overcome the patient’s faith in drugs and mate-

         rial hygiene; but when once convinced of the uselessness

24    of such material methods, the gain is rapid.

         It is a noticeable fact, that in families where laws

         of health are strictly enforced, great caution is observed

27    in regard to diet, and the conversation chiefly confined

         to the ailments of the body, there is the most sickness.

         Take a large family of children where the mother has

30    all that she can attend to in keeping them clothed and

         fed, and health is generally the rule; whereas, in small

         families of one or two children, sickness is by no means

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1     the exception. These children must not be allowed to

         eat certain food, nor to breathe the cold air, because

3     there is danger in it; when they perspire, they must be

         loaded down with coverings until their bodies become

         dry, — and the mother of one child is often busier than

6     the mother of eight.

         Great charity and humility is necessary in this work

         of healing. The loving patience of Jesus, we must

9     strive to emulate. “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as

         thyself” has daily to be exemplified; and, although

         skepticism and incredulity prevail in places where

12    one would least expect it, it harms not; for if serving

         Christ, Truth, of what can mortal opinion avail? Cast

         not your pearls before swine; but if you cannot bring

15    peace to all, you can to many, if faithful laborers in His


         Looking over the newspapers of the day, one naturally

18    reflects that it is dangerous to live, so loaded with disease

         seems the very air. These descriptions carry fears to

         many minds, to be depicted in some future time upon

21    the body. A periodical of our own will counteract to

         some extent this public nuisance; for through our paper,

         at the price at which we shall issue it, we shall be able

24    to reach many homes with healing, purifying thought.

         A great work already has been done, and a greater work

         yet remains to be done. Oftentimes we are denied the

27    results of our labors because people do not understand

         the nature and power of metaphysics, and they think

         that health and strength would have returned natu-

30    rally without any assistance. This is not so much from

         a lack of justice, as it is that the mens populi is not suffi-

         ciently enlightened on this great subject. More thought

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1     is given to material illusions than to spiritual facts. If

         we can aid in abating suffering and diminishing sin,

3     we shall have accomplished much; but if we can bring

         to the general thought this great fact that drugs do not,

         cannot, produce health and harmony, since “in Him

6     [Mind] we live, and move, and have our being,” we shall

         have done more.

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