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Chapter 2 – One Cause And Effect

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1     CHRISTIAN SCIENCE begins with the First Com-

         mandment of the Hebrew Decalogue, “Thou

3     shalt have no other gods before me.” It goes on in

         perfect unity with Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, and

         in that age culminates in the Revelation of St. John,

6     who, while on earth and in the flesh, like ourselves,

         beheld “a new heaven and a new earth,” — the spiritual

         universe, whereof Christian Science now bears testimony.

9     Our Master said, “The works that I do shall ye do

         also,” and, “The kingdom of God is within you.” This

         makes practical all his words and works. As the ages

12    advance in spirituality, Christian Science will be seen

         to depart from the trend of other Christian denomina-

         tions in no wise except by increase of spirituality.

15    My first plank in the platform of Christian Science

         is as follows: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor

         substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite

18    manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal

         Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and

         eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is

21    God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man

         is not material; he is spiritual.” (1)

         (1) The order of this sentence has been conformed to the text of

24    the 1908 edition of Science and Health.

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1     I am strictly a theist — believe in one God, one Christ

         or Messiah.

3     Science is neither a law of matter nor of man. It is

         the unerring manifesto of Mind, the law of God, its

         divine Principle. Who dare say that matter or

6     mortals can evolve Science? Whence, then, is it, if not

         from the divine source, and what, but the contempo-

         rary of Christianity, so far in advance of human knowl-

9     edge that mortals must work for the discovery of even a

         portion of it? Christian Science translates Mind, God,

         to mortals. It is the infinite calculus defining the line,

12    plane, space, and fourth dimension of Spirit. It abso-

         lutely refutes the amalgamation, transmigration, absorp-

         tion, or annihilation of individuality. It shows the

15    impossibility of transmitting human ills, or evil, from one

         individual to another; that all true thoughts revolve

         in God’s orbits: they come from God and return to

18    Him, — and untruths belong not to His creation, there-

         fore these are null and void. It hath no peer, no com-

         petitor, for it dwelleth in Him besides whom “there is

21    none other.”

         That Christian Science is Christian, those who have

         demonstrated it, according to the rules of its divine

24    Principle, — together with the sick, the lame, the deaf, and

         the blind, healed by it, — have proven to a waiting world.

         He who has not tested it, is incompetent to condemn it;

27    and he who is a willing sinner, cannot demonstrate it.

         A falling apple suggested to Newton more than the

         simple fact cognized by the senses, to which it seemed

30    to fall by reason of its own ponderosity; but the primal

         cause, or Mind-force, invisible to material sense, lay

         concealed in the treasure-troves of Science. True,

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1     Newton named it gravitation, having learned so much;

         but Science, demanding more, pushes the question:

3     Whence or what is the power back of gravitation, — the

         intelligence that manifests power? Is pantheism true?

         Does mind “sleep in the mineral, or dream in the

6     animal, and wake in man”? Christianity answers this

         question. The prophets, Jesus, and the apostles, demon-

         strated a divine intelligence that subordinates so-called

9     material laws; and disease, death, winds, and waves,

         obey this intelligence. Was it Mind or matter that spake

         in creation, “and it was done”? The answer is self-

12    evident, and the command remains, “Thou shalt have

         no other gods before me.”

         It is plain that the Me spoken of in the First Com-

15    mandment, must be Mind; for matter is not the Chris-

         tian’s God, and is not intelligent. Matter cannot even

         talk; and the serpent, Satan, the first talker in its behalf,

18    lied. Reason and revelation declare that God is both

         noumenon and phenomena, — the first and only cause.

         The universe, including man, is not a result of atomic

21    action, material force or energy; it is not organized dust.

         God, Spirit, Mind, are terms synonymous for the one

         God, whose reflection is creation, and man is His image

24    and likeness. Few there are who comprehend what Chris-

         tian Science means by the word reflection. God is seen

         only in that which reflects good, Life, Truth, Love —

27    yea, which manifests all His attributes and power, even

         as the human likeness thrown upon the mirror repeats

         precisely the looks and actions of the object in front of it.

30    All must be Mind and Mind’s ideas; since, according to

         natural science, God, Spirit, could not change its species

         and evolve matter.

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1     These facts enjoin the First Commandment; and

         knowledge of them makes man spiritually minded. St.

3     Paul writes: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to

         be spiritually minded is life and peace.” This knowl-

         edge came to me in an hour of great need; and I give it

6     to you as death-bed testimony to the daystar that dawned

         on the night of material sense. This knowledge is

         practical, for it wrought my immediate recovery from

9     an injury caused by an accident, and pronounced fatal

         by the physicians. On the third day thereafter, I called

         for my Bible, and opened it at Matthew ix. 2. As I

12    read, the healing Truth dawned upon my sense; and

         the result was that I rose, dressed myself, and ever after

         was in better health than I had before enjoyed. That

15    short experience included a glimpse of the great fact

         that I have since tried to make plain to others, namely,

         Life in and of Spirit; this Life being the sole reality of

18    existence. I learned that mortal thought evolves a sub-

         ective state which it names matter, thereby shutting

         out the true sense of Spirit. Per contra, Mind and man

21    are immortal; and knowledge gained from mortal sense

         is illusion, error, the opposite of Truth; therefore it

         cannot be true. A knowledge of both good and evil

24    (when good is God, and God is All) is impossible. Speak-

         ing of the origin of evil, the Master said: “When he

         speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar,

27    and the father of it.” God warned man not to believe

         the talking serpent, or rather the allegory describing

         it. The Nazarene Prophet declared that his followers

30    should handle serpents; that is, put down all subtle falsi-

         ties or illusions, and thus destroy any supposed effect

         arising from false claims exercising their supposed power

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1     on the mind and body of man, against his holiness and


3     That there is but one God or Life, one cause and

         one effect, is the multum in parvo of Christian Science;

         and to my understanding it is the heart of Christianity,

6     the religion that Jesus taught and demonstrated. In

         divine Science it is found that matter is a phase of

         error, and that neither one really exists, since God is

9     Truth, and All-in-all. Christ’s Sermon on the Mount,

         in its direct application to human needs, confirms this


12    Science, understood, translates matter into Mind,

         rejects all other theories of causation, restores the spir-

         itual and original meaning of the Scriptures, and ex-

15    plains the teachings and life of our Lord. It is religion’s

         “new tongue,” with “signs following,” spoken of by

         St. Mark. It gives God’s infinite meaning to mankind,

18    healing the sick, casting out evil, and raising the spirit-

         ually dead. Christianity is Christlike only as it re-

         iterates the word, repeats the works, and manifests the

21    spirit of Christ.

         Jesus’ only medicine was omnipotent and omniscient

         Mind. As omni is from the Latin word meaning all,

24    this medicine is all-power; and omniscience means as

         well, all-science. The sick are more deplorably situated

         than the sinful, if the sick cannot trust God for help and

27    the sinful can. If God created drugs good, they cannot be

         harmful; if He could create them otherwise, then they

         are bad and unfit for man; and if He created drugs for

30    healing the sick, why did not Jesus employ them and

         recommend them for that purpose?

         No human hypotheses, whether in philosophy, medi-

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1     cine, or religion, can survive the wreck of time; but

         whatever is of God, hath life abiding in it, and ulti-

3     mately will be known as self-evident truth, as demonstra-

         ble as mathematics. Each successive period of progress

         is a period more humane and spiritual. The only logical

6     conclusion is that all is Mind and its manifestation, from

         the rolling of worlds, in the most subtle ether, to a potato-


9     The agriculturist ponders the history of a seed, and

         believes that his crops come from the seedling and the

         loam; even while the Scripture declares He made “every

12    plant of the field before it was in the earth.” The Scien-

         tist asks, Whence came the first seed, and what made

         the soil? Was it molecules, or material atoms ? Whence

15    came the infinitesimals, — from infinite Mind, or from

         matter? If from matter, how did matter originate ? Was

         it self-existent? Matter is not intelligent, and thus able

18    to evolve or create itself: it is the very opposite of Spirit,

         intelligent, self-creative, and infinite Mind. The belief

         of mind in matter is pantheism. Natural history shows

21    that neither a genus nor a species produces its opposite.

         God is All, in all. What can be more than All? Noth-

         ing: and this is just what I call matter, nothing. Spirit,

24    God, has no antecedent; and God’s consequent is the

         spiritual cosmos. The phrase, “express image,” in the

         common version of Hebrews i. 3, is, in the Greek Tes-

27    tament, character.

         The Scriptures name God as good, and the Saxon

         term for God is also good. From this premise comes

30    the logical conclusion that God is naturally and divinely

         infinite good. How, then, can this conclusion change,

         or be changed, to mean that good is evil, or the creator

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1     of evil? What can there be besides infinity? Nothing!

         Therefore the Science of good calls evil nothing. In

3     divine Science the terms God and good, as Spirit, are

         synonymous. That God, good, creates evil, or aught

         that can result in evil, — or that Spirit creates its oppo-

6     site, named matter, — are conclusions that destroy their

         premise and prove themselves invalid. Here is where

         Christian Science sticks to its text, and other systems

9     of religion abandon their own logic. Here also is found

         the pith of the basal statement, the cardinal point in

         Christian Science, that matter and evil (including all

12    inharmony, sin, disease, death) are unreal. Mortals

         accept natural science, wherein no species ever pro-

         duces its opposite. Then why not accept divine Sci-

15    ence on this ground? since the Scriptures maintain

         this fact by parable and proof, asking, “Do men

         gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” “Doth a

18    fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and


         According to reason and revelation, evil and matter

21    are negation: for evil signifies the absence of good, God,

         though God is ever present; and matter claims some-

         thing besides God, when God is really All. Creation,

24    evolution, or manifestation, — being in and of Spirit,

         Mind, and all that really is, — must be spiritual and

         mental. This is Science, and is susceptible of proof.

27    But, say you, is a stone spiritual?

         To erring material sense, No! but to unerring spiritual

         sense, it is a small manifestation of Mind, a type of spirit-

30    ual substance, “the substance of things hoped for.”

         Mortals can know a stone as substance, only by first ad-

         mitting that it is substantial. Take away the mortal sense

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1     of substance, and the stone itself would disappear, only

         to reappear in the spiritual sense thereof. Matter can

3     neither see, hear, feel, taste, nor smell; having no sen-

         sation of its own. Perception by the five personal senses

         is mental, and dependent on the beliefs that mortals

6     entertain. Destroy the belief that you can walk, and

         volition ceases; for muscles cannot move without mind.

         Matter takes no cognizance of matter. In dreams, things

9     are only what mortal mind makes them; and the phe-

         nomena of mortal life are as dreams; and this so-called

         life is a dream soon told. In proportion as mortals turn

12    from this mortal and material dream, to the true sense

         of reality, everlasting Life will be found to be the only

         Life. That death does not destroy the beliefs of the flesh,

15    our Master proved to his doubting disciple, Thomas. Also,

         he demonstrated that divine Science alone can overbear

         materiality and mortality; and this great truth was shown

18    by his ascension after death, whereby he arose above

         the illusion of matter.

         The First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other

21    gods before me,” suggests the inquiry, What meaneth

         this Me, — Spirit, or matter? It certainly does not

         signify a graven idol, and must mean Spirit. Then

24    the commandment means, Thou shalt recognize no

         intelligence nor life in matter; and find neither pleasure

         nor pain therein. The Master’s practical knowledge

27    of this grand verity, together with his divine Love,

         healed the sick and raised the dead. He literally

         annulled the claims of physique and of physical law,

30    by the superiority of the higher law; hence his decla-

         ration, “These signs shall follow them that believe; . . .

         if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;

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1     they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall re-


3     Do you believe his words? I do, and that his prom-

         ise is perpetual. Had it been applicable only to his

         immediate disciples, the pronoun would be you, not them.

6     The purpose of his life-work touches universal human-

         ity. At another time he prayed, not for the twelve

         only, but “for them also which shall believe on me through

9     their word.”

         The Christ-healing was practised even before the Chris-

         tian era; “the Word was with God, and the Word was

12    God.” There is, however, no analogy between Christian

         Science and spiritualism, or between it and any specu-

         lative theory.

15    In 1867, I taught the first student in Christian Science.

         Since that date I have known of but fourteen deaths

         in the ranks of my about five thousand students. The

18    census since 1875 (the date of the first publication of

         my work, “Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-

         tures”) shows that longevity has increased. Daily letters

21    inform me that a perusal of my volume is healing the

         writers of chronic and acute diseases that had defied medi-

         cal skill.

24    Surely the people of the Occident know that esoteric

         magic and Oriental barbarisms will neither flavor Chris-

         tianity nor advance health and length of days.

27    Miracles are no infraction of God’s laws; on the

         contrary, they fulfil His laws; for they are the signs fol-

         lowing Christianity, whereby matter is proven power-

30    less and subordinate to Mind. Christians, like students

         in mathematics, should be working up to those higher

         rules of Life which Jesus taught and proved. Do we

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1     really understand the divine Principle of Christianity

         before we prove it, in at least some feeble demonstra-

3     tion thereof, according to Jesus’ example in healing the

         sick? Should we adopt the “simple addition” in Chris-

         tian Science and doubt its higher rules, or despair of

6     ultimately reaching them, even though failing at first to

         demonstrate all the possibilities of Christianity?

         St. John spiritually discerned and revealed the sum

9     total of transcendentalism. He saw the real earth and

         heaven. They were spiritual, not material; and they

         were without pain, sin, or death. Death was not the

12    door to this heaven. The gates thereof he declared were

         inlaid with pearl, — likening them to the priceless under-

         standing of man’s real existence, to be recognized here

15    and now.

         The great Way-shower illustrated Life unconfined, un-

         contaminated, untrammelled, by matter. He proved the

18    superiority of Mind over the flesh, opened the door to

         the captive, and enabled man to demonstrate the law of

         Life, which St. Paul declares “hath made me free from

21    the law of sin and death.”

         The stale saying that Christian Science “is neither

         Christian nor science!” is to-day the fossil of wisdom-

24    less wit, weakness, and superstition. “The fool hath

         said in his heart, There is no God.”

         Take courage, dear reader, for any seeming mysti-

27    cism surrounding realism is explained in the Scripture,

         “There went up a mist from the earth [matter];” and

         the mist of materialism will vanish as we approach spirit-

30    uality, the realm of reality; cleanse our lives in Christ’s

         righteousness; bathe in the baptism of Spirit, and awake

         in His likeness.

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