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One Cause And Effect

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1      Christian Science begins with the First Com-
         mandment of the Hebrew Decalogue, “Thou
         shalt have no other gods before me.” It goes on in
         perfect unity with Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, and
5      in that age culminates in the Revelation of St. John,
         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.

         Our Master said, “The works that I do shall ye do
10    also;” and, “The kingdom of God is within you.” This
         makes practical all his words and works. As the ages
         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
         manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal
         Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and
20    eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is
         God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man
         is not material; he is spiritual.”(1)


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

         Science is neither a law of matter nor of man. It is
         the unerring manifesto of Mind, the law of God, its
5      divine Principle. Who dare say that matter or
         mortals can evolve Science? Whence, then, is it, if not
         from the divine source, and what, but the contempor-
         ary of Christianity, so far in advance of human knowl-
         edge that mortals must work for the discovery of even a
10    portion of it? Christian Science translates Mind, God,
         to mortals. It is the infinite calculus defining the line,
         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
         Him,—and untruths belong not to His creation, there-
         fore these are null and void. It hath no peer, no comp-
20    petitor, for it dwelleth in Him besides whom “there is
         none other.”

         That Christian Science is Christian, those who have
         demonstrated it, according to the rules of its divine
         Principle,—together with the sick, the lame, the deaf, and
25    the blind, healed by it,—have proven to a waiting world.
         He who has not tested it, is incompetent to condemn it;
         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:
         Whence or what is the power back of gravitation,—the
         intelligence that manifests power? Is pantheism true?
5      Does mind “sleep in the mineral, or dream in the
         animal, and wake in man”? Christianity answers this
         question. The prophets, Jesus, and the apostles, demon-
         strated a divine intelligence that subordinates so-called
         material laws; and disease, death, winds, and waves,
10    obey this intelligence. Was it Mind or matter that spake
         in creation, “and it was done”? The answer is self-
         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,
         lied. Reason and revelation declare that God is both
         noumenon and phenomena,—the first and only cause.
20    The universe, including man, is not a result of atomic
         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
         and likeness. Few there are who comprehend what Chris-
25    tian Science means by the word reflection. God is seen
         only in that which reflects good, Life, Truth, Love—
         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.
         Paul writes: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to
         be spiritually minded is life and peace.” This knowl-
5      edge came to me in an hour of great need; and I give it
         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
         an injury caused by an accident, and pronounced fatal
10    by the physicians. On the third day thereafter, I called
         for my Bible, and opened it at Matthew ix. 2. As I
         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
         existence. I learned that mortal thought evolves a sub-
         jective state which it names matter, thereby shutting
20    out the true sense of Spirit. Per contra, Mind and man
         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
         (when good is God, and God is All) is impossible. Speak-
25    ing of the origin of evil, the Master said: “When he
         speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar,
         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
         health.

         That there is but one God or Life, one cause and
         one effect, is the multum in parvo of Christian Science;
5      and to my understanding it is the heart of Christianity,
         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
         Truth, and All-in-all. Christ’s Sermon on the Mount,
10    in its direct application to human needs, confirms this
         conclusion.

         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,
         healing the sick, casting out evil, and raising the spirit-
         ually dead. Christianity is Christlike only as it re-
20    iterates the word, repeats the works, and manifests the
         spirit of Christ.

         Jesus’ only medicine was omnipotent and omniscient
         Mind. As omni is from the Latin word meaning all,
         this medicine is all-power; and omniscience means as
25    well, all-science. The sick are more deplorably situated
         than the sinful, if the sick cannot trust God for help and
         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-
         mately will be known as self-evident truth, as demonstra-
         ble as mathematics. Each successive period of progress
5      is a period more humane and spiritual. The only logical
         conclusion is that all is Mind and its manifestation, from
         the rolling of worlds, in the most subtle ether, to a potato-
         patch.

         The agriculturist ponders the history of a seed, and
10    believes that his crops come from the seedling and the
         loam; even while the Scripture declares He made “every
         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
         to evolve or create itself: it is the very opposite of Spirit,
         intelligent, self-creative, and infinite Mind. The belief
20    of mind in matter is pantheism. Natural history shows
         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,
         God, has no antecedent; and God’s consequent is the
25    spiritual cosmos. The phrase, “express image,” in the
         common version of Hebrews i. 3, is, in the Greek Tes-
         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
         divine Science the terms God and good, as Spirit, are
         synonymous. That God, good, creates evil, or aught
5      that can result in evil,—or that Spirit creates its oppo-
         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
         of religion abandon their own logic. Here also is found
10    the pith of the basal statement, the cardinal point in
         Christian Science, that matter and evil (including all
         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
         fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and
         bitter?”

20    According to reason and revelation, evil and matter
         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,
         evolution, or manifestation,—being in and of Spirit,
25    Mind, and all that really is,—must be spiritual and
         mental. This is Science, and is susceptible of proof.

         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
         neither see, hear, feel, taste, nor smell; having no sen-
         sation of its own. Perception by the five personal senses
5      is mental, and dependent on the beliefs that mortals
         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
         are only what mortal mind makes them; and the phe-
10    nomena of mortal life are as dreams; and this so-called
         life is a dream soon told. In proportion as mortals turn
         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
         is by his ascension after death, whereby he arose above
         the illusion of matter.

20    The First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other
         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
         the commandment means, Thou shalt recognize no
25    intelligence nor life in matter; and find neither pleasure
         nor pain therein. The Master’s practical knowledge
         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 recover.”

         Do you believe his words? I do, and that his prom-
         ise is perpetual. Had it been applicable only to his
5      immediate disciples, the pronoun would be you, not them.
         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
         their word.”

10    The Christ-healing was practised even before the Christ-
         ian era; “the Word was with God, and the Word was
         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
         census since 1875 (the date of the first publication of
         my work, “Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-
20    tures”) shows that longevity has increased. Daily letters
         inform me that a perusal of my volume is healing the
         writers of chronic and acute diseases that had defied medi-
         cal skill.

         Surely the people of the Occident know that esoteric
25    magic and Oriental barbarisms will neither flavor Chris-
         tianity nor advance health and length of days.

         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-
         tion thereof, according to Jesus’ example in healing the
         sick? Should we adopt the “simple addition” in Chris-
5      tian Science and doubt its higher rules, or despair of
         ultimately reaching them, even though failing at first to
         demonstrate all the possibilities of Christianity?

         St. John spiritually discerned and revealed the sum
         total of transcendentalism. He saw the real earth and
10    heaven. They were spiritual, not material; and they
         were without pain, sin, or death. Death was not the
         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
         superiority of Mind over the flesh, opened the door to
         the captive, and enabled man to demonstrate the law of
20    Life, which St. Paul declares “hath made me free from
         the law of sin and death.”

         The stale saying that Christian Science “is neither
         Christian nor science!” is to-day the fossil of wisdom-
         less wit, weakness, and superstition. “The fool hath
25    said in his heart, There is no God.”

         Take courage, dear reader, for any seeming mysti-
         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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