Chapter 3 – Questions And Answers | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Chapter 3 – Questions And Answers

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1     What do you consider to be mental malpractice?

         MENTAL malpractice is a bland denial of Truth,

3     and is the antipode of Christian Science. To

         mentally argue in a manner that can disastrously

         affect the happiness of a fellow-being — harm him

6     morally, physically, or spiritually — breaks the Golden

         Rule and subverts the scientific laws of being. This,

         therefore, is not the use but the abuse of mental treat-

9     ment, and is mental malpractice. It is needless to

         say that such a subversion of right is not scientific. Its

         claim to power is in proportion to the faith in evil, and

12    consequently to the lack of faith in good. Such false

         faith finds no place in, and receives no aid from, the

         Principle or the rules of Christian Science; for it denies

15    the grand verity of this Science, namely, that God, good,

         has all power.

         This leaves the individual no alternative but to re-

18    linquish his faith in evil, or to argue against his own

         convictions of good and so destroy his power to be or

         to do good, because he has no faith in the omnipotence

21    of God, good. He parts with his understanding of good,

         in order to retain his faith in evil and so succeed with his

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1     wrong argument, — if indeed he desires success in this

         broad road to destruction.

3     How shall we demean ourselves towards the students

         of disloyal students? And what about that clergyman’s

         remarks on “Christ and Christmas”?

6     From this question, I infer that some of my students

         seem not to know in what manner they should act towards

         the students of false teachers, or such as have strayed

9     from the rules and divine Principle of Christian Science.

         The query is abnormal, when “precept upon precept;

         line upon line” are to be found in the Scriptures, and in

12    my books, on this very subject.

         In Mark, ninth chapter, commencing at the thirty-

         third verse, you will find my views on this subject; love

15    alone is admissible towards friend and foe. My sym-

         pathies extend to the above-named class of students more

         than to many others. If I had the time to talk with all

18    students of Christian Science, and correspond with them,

         I would gladly do my best towards helping those un-

         fortunate seekers after Truth whose teacher is straying

21    from the straight and narrow path. But I have not mo-

         ments enough in which to give to my own flock all the

         time and attention that they need, — and charity must

24    begin at home.

         Distinct denominational and social organizations and

         societies are at present necessary for the individual,

27    and for our Cause. But all people can and should be

         just, merciful; they should never envy, elbow, slander,

         hate, or try to injure, but always should try to bless their

30    fellow-mortals.

         To the query in regard to some clergyman’s com-

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1     ments on my illustrated poem, I will say: It is the righteous

         prayer that avails with God. Whatever is wrong will

3     receive its own reward. The high priests of old caused

         the crucifixion of even the great Master; and thereby

         they lost, and he won, heaven. I love all ministers and

6     ministries of Christ, Truth.

         All clergymen may not understand the illustrations

         in “Christ and Christmas;” or that these refer not to

9     personality, but present the type and shadow of Truth’s

         appearing in the womanhood as well as in the manhood

         of God, our divine Father and Mother.

12    Must I have faith in Christian Science in order to be

         healed by it?

         This is a question that is being asked every day. It

15    has not proved impossible to heal those who, when they

         began treatment, had no faith whatever in the Science,

         — other than to place themselves under my care, and

18    follow the directions given. Patients naturally gain con-

         fidence in Christian Science as they recognize the help

         they derive therefrom.

21    What are the advantages of your system of healing, over

         the ordinary methods of healing disease?

         Healing by Christian Science has the following ad-

24    vantages: —

         First: It does away with all material medicines, and

         recognizes the fact that, as mortal mind is the cause of

27    all “the ills that flesh is heir to,” the antidote for sickness,

         as well as for sin, may and must be found in mortal mind’s

         opposite, — the divine Mind.

30    Second: It is more effectual than drugs; curing where

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1     these fail, and leaving none of the harmful “after effects”

         of these in the system; thus proving that metaphysics

3     is above physics.

         Third: One who has been healed by Christian Sci-

         ence is not only healed of the disease, but is improved

6     morally. The body is governed by mind; and mortal

         mind must be improved, before the body is renewed

         and harmonious, — since the physique is simply thought

9     made manifest.

         Is spiritualism or mesmerism included in Christian


12    They are wholly apart from it. Christian Science is

         based on divine Principle; whereas spiritualism, so far

         as I understand it, is a mere speculative opinion and

15    human belief. If the departed were to communicate

         with us, we should see them as they were before death,

         and have them with us; after death, they can no more

18    come to those they have left, than we, in our present state

         of existence, can go to the departed or the adult can re-

         turn to his boyhood. We may pass on to their state

21    of existence, but they cannot return to ours. Man is

         im-mortal, and there is not a moment when he ceases to

         exist. All that are called “communications from spirits,”

24    lie within the realm of mortal thought on this present plane

         of existence, and are the antipodes of Christian Science;

         the immortal and mortal are as direct opposites as light

27    and darkness.

         Who is the Founder of mental healing?

         The author of “Science and Health with Key to the

30    Scriptures,” who discovered the Science of healing em-

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1     bodied in her works. Years of practical proof, through

         homoeopathy, revealed to her the fact that Mind, in-

3     stead of matter, is the Principle of pathology; and

         subsequently her recovery, through the supremacy of

         Mind over matter, from a severe casualty pronounced

6     by the physicians incurable, sealed that proof with the

         signet of Christian Science. In 1883, a million of peo-

         ple acknowledge and attest the blessings of this mental

9     system of treating disease. Perhaps the following

         words of her husband, the late Dr. Asa G. Eddy,

         afford the most concise, yet complete, summary of the

12    matter: —

         “Mrs. Eddy’s works are the outgrowths of her life.

         I never knew so unselfish an individual.”

15    Will the book Science and Health, that you offer for sale

         at three dollars, teach its readers to heal the sick, — or is

         one obliged to become a student under your personal in-

18    struction? And if one is obliged to study under you, of

         what benefit is your book?

         Why do we read the Bible, and then go to church to

21    hear it expounded? Only because both are important.

         Why do we read moral science, and then study it at


24    You are benefited by reading Science and Health, but

         it is greatly to your advantage to be taught its Science

         by the author of that work, who explains it in detail.

27    What is immortal Mind?

         In reply, we refer you to “Science and Health with

         Key to the Scriptures,”(1) Vol. I. page 14: “That which

30    (1) See the sixth edition.

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1     is erring, sinful, sick, and dying, termed material or

         mortal man, is neither God’s man nor Mind; but to be

3     understood, we shall classify evil and error as mortal

         mind, in contradistinction to good and Truth, or the

         Mind which is immortal.”

6     Do animals and beasts have a mind?

         Beasts, as well as men, express Mind as their origin;

         but they manifest less of Mind. The first and only

9     cause is the eternal Mind, which is God, and there is

         but one God. The ferocious mind seen in the beast is

         mortal mind, which is harmful and proceeds not from

12    God; for His beast is the lion that lieth down with

         the lamb. Appetites, passions, anger, revenge, subtlety,

         are the animal qualities of sinning mortals; and the

15    beasts that have these propensities express the lower

         qualities of the so-called animal man; in other words,

         the nature and quality of mortal mind, — not immortal

18    Mind.

         What is the distinction between mortal mind and im-

         mortal Mind?

21    Mortal mind includes all evil, disease, and death;

         also, all beliefs relative to the so-called material laws,

         and all material objects, and the law of sin and death.

24    The Scripture says, “The carnal mind [in other words,

         mortal mind] is enmity against God; for it is not sub-

         ject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Mortal

27    mind is an illusion; as much in our waking moments

         as in the dreams of sleep. The belief that intelligence,

         Truth, and Love, are in matter and separate from God,

30    is an error; for there is no intelligent evil, and no power

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1     besides God, good. God would not be omnipotent if

         there were in reality another mind creating or governing

3     man or the universe.

         Immortal Mind is God; and this Mind is made

         manifest in all thoughts and desires that draw man-

6     kind toward purity, health, holiness, and the spiritual

         facts of being.

         Jesus recognized this relation so clearly that he said,

9     “I and my Father are one.” In proportion as we oppose

         the belief in material sense, in sickness, sin, and death,

         and recognize ourselves under the control of God,

12    spiritual and immortal Mind, shall we go on to leave the

         animal for the spiritual, and learn the meaning of those

         words of Jesus, “Go ye into all the world . . . heal the

15    sick.”

         Can your Science cure intemperance?

         Christian Science lays the axe at the root of the tree.

18    Its antidote for all ills is God, the perfect Mind, which

         corrects mortal thought, whence cometh all evil. God

         can and does destroy the thought that leads to moral

21    or physical death. Intemperance, impurity, sin of every

         sort, is destroyed by Truth. The appetite for alcohol

         yields to Science as directly and surely as do sickness

24    and sin.

         Does Mrs. Eddy take patients?

         She now does not. Her time is wholly devoted to in-

27    struction, leaving to her students the work of healing;

         which, at this hour, is in reality the least difficult of the

         labor that Christian Science demands.

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1     Why do you charge for teaching Christian Science, when

         all the good we can do must be done freely?

3     When teaching imparts the ability to gain and main-

         tain health, to heal and elevate man in every line of

         life, — as this teaching certainly does, — is it un-

6     reasonable to expect in return something to support

         one’s self and a Cause? If so, our whole system

         of education, secular and religious, is at fault, and the

9     instructors and philanthropists in our land should ex-

         pect no compensation. “If we have sown unto you

         spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your

12    carnal things ?”

         How happened you to establish a college to instruct in

         metaphysics, when other institutions find little interest in

15    such a dry and abstract subject?

         Metaphysics, as taught by me at the Massachusetts

         Metaphysical College, is far from dry and abstract. It

18    is a Science that has the animus of Truth. Its practical

         application to benefit the race, heal the sick, enlighten

         and reform the sinner, makes divine metaphysics need-

21    ful, indispensable. Teaching metaphysics at other col-

         leges means, mainly, elaborating a man-made theory,

         or some speculative view too vapory and hypothetical

24    for questions of practical import.

         Is it necessary to study your Science in order to be healed

         by it and keep well?

27    It is not necessary to make each patient a student

         in order to cure his present disease, if this is what

         you mean. Were it so, the Science would be of less

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1     practical value. Many who apply for help are not

         prepared to take a course of instruction in Christian

3     Science.

         To avoid being subject to disease, would require the

         understanding of how you are healed. In 1885, this

6     knowledge can be obtained in its genuineness at the

         Massachusetts Metaphysical College. There are abroad

         at this early date some grossly incorrect and false

9     teachers of what they term Christian Science; of such

         beware. They have risen up in a day to make this claim;

         whereas the Founder of genuine Christian Science has

12    been all her years in giving it birth.

         Can you take care of yourself ?

         God giveth to every one this puissance; and I have

15    faith in His promise, “Lo, I am with you alway” —

         all the way. Unlike the M. D.’s, Christian Scientists

         are not afraid to take their own medicine, for this

18    medicine is divine Mind; and from this saving, ex-

         haustless source they intend to fill the human mind with

         enough of the leaven of Truth to leaven the whole lump.

21    There may be exceptional cases, where one Christian

         Scientist who has more to meet than others needs support

         at times; then, it is right to bear “one another’s burdens,

24    and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

         In what way is a Christian Scientist an instrument by

         which God reaches others to heal them, and what most

27    obstructs the way?

         A Christian, or a Christian Scientist, assumes no more

         when claiming to work with God in healing the sick,

30    than in converting the sinner. Divine help is as neces-

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1     sary in the one case as in the other. The scientific Prin-

         ciple of healing demands such cooperation; but this

3     unison and its power would be arrested if one were to

         mix material methods with the spiritual, — were to min-

         gle hygienic rules, drugs, and prayers in the same pro-

6     cess, — and thus serve “other gods.” Truth is as

         effectual in destroying sickness as in the destruction

         of sin.

9     It is often asked, “If Christian Science is the same

         method of healing that Jesus and the apostles used,

         why do not its students perform as instantaneous cures

12    as did those in the first century of the Christian era?”

         In some instances the students of Christian Science

         equal the ancient prophets as healers. All true healing

15    is governed by, and demonstrated on, the same Princi-

         ple as theirs; namely, the action of the divine Spirit,

         through the power of Truth to destroy error, discord

18    of whatever sort. The reason that the same results fol-

         low not in every case, is that the student does not in

         every case possess sufficiently the Christ-spirit and its

21    power to cast out the disease. The Founder of Chris-

         tian Science teaches her students that they must possess

         the spirit of Truth and Love, must gain the power

24    over sin in themselves, or they cannot be instantaneous


         In this Christian warfare the student or practitioner

27    has to master those elements of evil too common to other

         minds. If it is hate that is holding the purpose to kill

         his patient by mental means, it requires more divine

30    understanding to conquer this sin than to nullify either

         the disease itself or the ignorance by which one unin-

         tentionally harms himself or another. An element of

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1     brute-force that only the cruel and evil can send forth, is

         given vent in the diabolical practice of one who, having

3     learned the power of liberated thought to do good, per-

         verts it, and uses it to accomplish an evil purpose. This

         mental malpractice would disgrace Mind-healing, were it

6     not that God overrules it, and causes “the wrath of man”

         to praise Him. It deprives those who practise it of the

         power to heal, and destroys their own possibility of

9     progressing.

         The honest student of Christian Science is purged

         through Christ, Truth, and thus is ready for victory in

12    the ennobling strife. The good fight must be fought by

         those who keep the faith and finish their course. Mental

         purgation must go on: it promotes spiritual growth,

15    scales the mountain of human endeavor, and gains the

         summit in Science that otherwise could not be reached,

         — where the struggle with sin is forever done.

18    Can all classes of disease be healed by your method?

         We answer, Yes. Mind is the architect that builds

         its own idea, and produces all harmony that appears.

21    There is no other healer in the case. If mortal mind,

         through the action of fear, manifests inflammation and a

         belief of chronic or acute disease, by removing the cause

24    in that so-called mind the effect or disease will disappear

         and health will be restored; for health, alias harmony,

         is the normal manifestation of man in Science. The

27    divine Principle which governs the universe, including

         man, if demonstrated, is sufficient for all emergencies.

         But the practitioner may not always prove equal to

30    bringing out the result of the Principle that he knows to

         be true.

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1     After the change called death takes place, do we meet

         those gone before? — or does life continue in thought only

3     as in a dream?

         Man is not annihilated, nor does he lose his identity,

         by passing through the belief called death. After the

6     momentary belief of dying passes from mortal mind, this

         mind is still in a conscious state of existence; and the in-

         dividual has but passed through a moment of extreme

9     mortal fear, to awaken with thoughts, and being, as

         material as before. Science and Health clearly states

         that spiritualization of thought is not attained by the death

12    of the body, but by a conscious union with God. When

         we shall have passed the ordeal called death, or destroyed

         this last enemy, and shall have come upon the same plane

15    of conscious existence with those gone before, then we

         shall be able to communicate with and to recognize them.

         If, before the change whereby we meet the dear de-

18    parted, our life-work proves to have been well done, we

         shall not have to repeat it; but our joys and means of ad-

         vancing will be proportionately increased.

21    The difference between a belief of material existence

         and the spiritual fact of Life is, that the former is a dream

         and unreal, while the latter is real and eternal. Only

24    as we understand God, and learn that good, not evil,

         lives and is immortal, that immortality exists only in

         spiritual perfection, shall we drop our false sense of Life

27    in sin or sense material, and recognize a better state of


         Can I be treated without being present during treatment?

30    Mind is not confined to limits; and nothing but our

         own false admissions prevent us from demonstrating this

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1     great fact. Christian Science, recognizing the capabili-

         ties of Mind to act of itself, and independent of matter,

3     enables one to heal cases without even having seen the

         individual, — or simply after having been made ac-

         quainted with the mental condition of the patient.

6     Do all who at present claim to be teaching Christian

         Science, teach it correctly?

         By no means: Christian Science is not sufficiently un-

9     derstood for that. The student of this Science who under-

         stands it best, is the one least likely to pour into other

         minds a trifling sense of it as being adequate to make safe

12    and successful practitioners. The simple sense one gains

         of this Science through careful, unbiased, contemplative

         reading of my books, is far more advantageous to the

15    sick and to the learner than is or can be the spurious

         teaching of those who are spiritually unqualified. The

         sad fact at this early writing is, that the letter is gained

18    sooner than the spirit of Christian Science: time is re-

         quired thoroughly to qualify students for the great ordeal

         of this century.

21    If one student tries to undermine another, such sinister

         rivalry does a vast amount of injury to the Cause. To

         fill one’s pocket at the expense of his conscience, or to

24    build on the downfall of others, incapacitates one to

         practise or teach Christian Science. The occasional tem-

         porary success of such an one is owing, in part, to the im-

27    possibility for those unacquainted with the mighty Truth

         of Christian Science to recognize, as such, the barefaced

         errors that are taught — and the damaging effects these

30    leave on the practice of the learner, on the Cause, and

         on the health of the community.

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1     Honest students speak the truth “according to the

         pattern showed to thee in the mount,” and live it: these

3     are not working for emoluments, and may profitably

         teach people, who are ready to investigate this subject,

         the rudiments of Christian Science.

6     Can Christian Science cure acute cases where there is

         necessity for immediate relief, as in membranous croup?

         The remedial power of Christian Science is positive,

9     and its application direct. It cannot fail to heal in

         every case of disease, when conducted by one who un-

         derstands this Science sufficiently to demonstrate its

12    highest possibilities.

         If I have the toothache, and nothing stops it until I

         have the tooth extracted, and then the pain ceases, has

15    the mind, or extracting, or both, caused the pain to


         What you thought was pain in the bone or nerve, could

18    only have been a belief of pain in matter; for matter

         has no sensation. It was a state of mortal thought made

         manifest in the flesh. You call this body matter, when

21    awake, or when asleep in a dream. That matter can re-

         port pain, or that mind is in matter, reporting sensa-

         tions, is but a dream at all times. You believed that if

24    the tooth were extracted, the pain would cease: this de-

         mand of mortal thought once met, your belief assumed

         a new form, and said, There is no more pain. When

27    your belief in pain ceases, the pain stops; for matter

         has no intelligence of its own. By applying this men-

         tal remedy or antidote directly to your belief, you scien-

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1     tifically prove the fact that Mind is supreme. This is not

         done by will-power, for that is not Science but mesmerism.

3     The full understanding that God is Mind, and that mat-

         ter is but a belief, enables you to control pain. Chris-

         tian Science, by means of its Principle of metaphysical

6     healing, is able to do more than to heal a toothache;

         although its power to allay fear, prevent inflammation,

         and destroy the necessity for ether — thereby avoiding

9     the fatal results that frequently follow the use of that

         drug — render this Science invaluable in the practice

         of dentistry.

12    Can an atheist or a profane man be cured by metaphysics,

         or Christian Science?

         The moral status of the man demands the remedy of

15    Truth more in this than in most cases; therefore, under

         the deific law that supply invariably meets demand, this

         Science is effectual in treating moral ailments. Sin is

18    not the master of divine Science, but vice versa; and

         when Science in a single instance decides the conflict,

         the patient is better both morally and physically.

21    If God made all that was made, and it was good, where

         did evil originate?

         It never originated or existed as an entity. It is but a

24    false belief; even the belief that God is not what the

         Scriptures imply Him to be, All-in-all, but that there

         is an opposite intelligence or mind termed evil. This

27    error of belief is idolatry, having “other gods before me.”

         In John i. 3 we read, “All things were made by Him;

         and without Him was not anything made that was made. “

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1     The admission of the reality of evil perpetuates the belief

         or faith in evil. The Scriptures declare, “To whom ye

3     yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are.”

         The leading self-evident proposition of Christian Science

         is: good being real, evil, good’s opposite, is unreal. This

6     truism needs only to be tested scientifically to be found

         true, and adapted to destroy the appearance of evil to an

         extent beyond the power of any doctrine previously

9     entertained.

         Do you teach that you are equal with God?

         A reader of my writings would not present this ques-

12    tion. There are no such indications in the premises or

         conclusions of Christian Science, and such a misconcep-

         tion of Truth is not scientific. Man is not equal with

15    his Maker; that which is formed is not cause, but effect,

         and has no power underived from its creator. It is pos-

         sible, and it is man’s duty, so to throw the weight of his

18    thoughts and acts on the side of Truth, that he be ever

         found in the scale with his creator; not weighing

         equally with Him, but comprehending at every point, in

21    divine Science, the full significance of what the apostle

         meant by the declaration, “The Spirit itself beareth wit-

         ness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and

24    if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with

         Christ.” In Science, man represents his divine Prin-

         ciple, — the Life and Love that are God, — even as the

27    idea of sound, in tones, represents harmony; but thought

         has not yet wholly attained unto the Science of being,

         wherein man is perfect even as the Father, his divine

30    Principle, is perfect.

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1     How can I believe that there is no such thing as matter,

         when I weigh over two hundred pounds and carry about

3     this weight daily?

         By learning that matter is but manifest mortal mind.

         You entertain an adipose belief of your self as substance;

6     whereas, substance means more than matter: it is the

         glory and permanence of Spirit: it is that which is

         hoped for but unseen, that which the material senses

9     cannot take in. Have you never been so preoccupied in

         thought when moving your body, that you did this with-

         out consciousness of its weight? If never in your waking

12    hours, you have been in your night-dreams; and these

         tend to elucidate your day-dream, or the mythical nature

         of matter, and the possibilities of mind when let loose

15    from its own beliefs. In sleep, a sense of the body ac-

         companies thought with less impediment than when

         awake, which is the truer sense of being. In Science,

18    body is the servant of Mind, not its master: Mind is

         supreme. Science reverses the evidence of material

         sense with the spiritual sense that God, Spirit, is the only

21    substance; and that man, His image and likeness, is

         spiritual, not material. This great Truth does not de-

         stroy but substantiates man’s identity, — together with

24    his immortality and preexistence, or his spiritual co-

         existence with his Maker. That which has a beginning

         must have an ending.

27    What should one conclude as to Professor Carpenter’s

         exhibitions of mesmerism?

         That largely depends upon what one accepts as either

30    useful or true. I have no knowledge of mesmerism,

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1     practically or theoretically, save as I measure its demon-

         strations as a false belief, and avoid all that works ill. If

3     mesmerism has the power attributed to it by the gentle-

         man referred to, it should neither be taught nor practised,

         but should be conscientiously condemned. One thing

6     is quite apparent; namely, that its so-called power is

         despotic, and Mr. Carpenter deserves praise for his public

         exposure of it. If such be its power, I am opposed to it,

9     as to every form of error, — whether of ignorance or

         fanaticism, prompted by money-making or malice. It

         is enough for me to know that animal magnetism is neither

12    of God nor Science.

         It is alleged that at one of his recent lectures in Bos-

         ton Mr. Carpenter made a man drunk on water, and

15    then informed his audience that he could produce the

         effect of alcohol, or of any drug, on the human system,

         through the action of mind alone. This honest declara-

18    tion as to the animus of animal magnetism and the pos-

         sible purpose to which it can be devoted, has, we trust,

         been made in season to open the eyes of the people to the

21    hidden nature of some tragic events and sudden deaths

         at this period.

         Was ever a person made insane by studying meta-

24    physics?

         Such an occurrence would be impossible, for the

         proper study of Mind-healing would cure the insane.

27    That persons have gone away from the Massachusetts

         Metaphysical College “made insane by Mrs. Eddy’s

         teachings,” like a hundred other stories, is a baseless

30    fabrication offered solely to injure her or her school.

         The enemy is trying to make capital out of the follow-

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1     ing case. A young lady entered the College class who,

         I quickly saw, had a tendency to monomania, and re-

3     quested her to withdraw before its close. We are cred-

         ibly informed that, before entering the College, this

         young lady had manifested some mental unsoundness,

6     and have no doubt she could have been restored by

         Christian Science treatment. Her friends employed a

         homoeopathist, who had the skill and honor to state, as his

9     opinion given to her friends, that “Mrs. Eddy’s teach-

         ings had not produced insanity.” This is the only case

         that could be distorted into the claim of insanity ever

12    having occurred in a class of Mrs. Eddy’s; while ac-

         knowledged and notable cases of insanity have been

         cured in her class.

15    If all that is mortal is a dream or error, is not

         our capacity for formulating a dream, real; is it not

         God-made; and if God-made, can it be wrong, sinful, or

18    an error?

         The spirit of Truth leads into all truth, and enables

         man to discern between the real and the unreal. Enter-

21    taining the common belief in the opposite of goodness,

         and that evil is as real as good, opposes the leadings of

         the divine Spirit that are helping man Godward: it pre-

24    vents a recognition of the nothingness of the dream, or

         belief, that Mind is in matter, intelligence in non-intel-

         ligence, sin, and death. This belief presupposes not

27    only a power opposed to God, and that God is not All-

         in-all, as the Scriptures imply Him to be, but that the

         capacity to err proceeds from God.

30    That God is Truth, the Scriptures aver; that Truth

         never created error, or such a capacity, is self-evident;

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1     that God made all that was made, is again Scriptural;

         therefore your answer is, that error is an illusion of

3     mortals; that God is not its author, and it cannot be


         Does “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”

6     explain the entire method of metaphysical healing, or is

         there a secret back of what is contained in that book, as

         some say?

9     “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”

         is a complete textbook of Christian Science; and its

         metaphysical method of healing is as lucid in presenta-

12    tion as can be possible, under the necessity to express

         the metaphysical in physical terms. There is absolutely

         no additional secret outside of its teachings, or that gives

16    one the power to heal; but it is essential that the student

         gain the spiritual understanding of the contents of this

         book, in order to heal.

18    Do you believe in change of heart?

         We do believe, and understand — which is more —

         that there must be a change from human affections, de-

21    sires, and aims, to the divine standard, “Be ye therefore

         perfect;” also, that there must be a change from the be-

         lief that the heart is matter and sustains life, to the

24    understanding that God is our Life, that we exist in

         Mind, live thereby, and have being. This change of

         heart would deliver man from heart-disease, and ad-

27    vance Christianity a hundredfold. The human affections

         need to be changed from self to benevolence and love

         for God and man; changed to having but one God and

30    loving Him supremely, and helping our brother man.

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1     This change of heart is essential to Christianity, and

         will have its effect physically as well as spiritually,

3     healing disease. Burnt offerings and drugs, God does

         not require.

         Is a belief of nervousness, accompanied by great mental

6     depression, mesmerism?

         All mesmerism is of one of three kinds; namely, the

         ignorant, the fraudulent, or the malicious workings of

9     error or mortal mind. We have not the particulars of

         the case to which you may refer, and for this reason can-

         not answer your question professionally.

12    How can I govern a child metaphysically? Doesn’t the

         use of the rod teach him life in matter?

         The use of the rod is virtually a declaration to the

15    child’s mind that sensation belongs to matter. Motives

         govern acts, and Mind governs man. If you make clear

         to the child’s thought the right motives for action, and

18    cause him to love them, they will lead him aright: if you

         educate him to love God, good, and obey the Golden

         Rule, he will love and obey you without your having to

21    resort to corporeal punishment.

         “When from the lips of Truth one mighty breath

         Shall, like a whirlwind, scatter in its breeze

24       The whole dark pile of human mockeries;

         Then shall the reign of Mind commence on earth,

         And starting fresh, as from a second birth,

27       Man in the sunshine of the world’s new spring,

         Shall walk transparent like some holy thing.”

         Are both prayer and drugs necessary to heal?

30    The apostle James said, “Ye ask, and receive not,

         because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your

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1     lusts.” This text may refer to such as seek the material

         to aid the spiritual, and take drugs to support God’s

3     power to heal them. It is difficult to say how much

         one can do for himself, whose faith is divided be-

         tween catnip and Christ; but not so difficult to know

6     that if he were to serve one master, he could do vastly

         more. Whosoever understands the power of Spirit, has

         no doubt of God’s power, — even the might of Truth, —

9     to heal, through divine Science, beyond all human means

         and methods.

         What do you think of marriage?

12    That it is often convenient, sometimes pleasant, and

         occasionally a love affair. Marriage is susceptible of

         many definitions. It sometimes presents the most

15    wretched condition of human existence. To be normal,

         it must be a union of the affections that tends to lift

         mortals higher.

18    If this life is a dream not dispelled, but only changed,

         by death, — if one gets tired of it, why not commit


21    Man’s existence is a problem to be wrought in divine

         Science. What progress would a student of science

         make, if, when tired of mathematics or failing to dem-

24    onstrate one rule readily, he should attempt to work

         out a rule farther on and more difficult — and this,

         because the first rule was not easily demonstrated? In

27    that case he would be obliged to turn back and work

         out the previous example, before solving the advanced

         problem. Mortals have the sum of being to work out,

30    and up, to its spiritual standpoint. They must work

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1     out of this dream or false claim of sensation and life

         in matter, and up to the spiritual realities of existence,

3     before this false claim can be wholly dispelled. Com-

         mitting suicide to dodge the question is not working

         it out. The error of supposed life and intelligence in

6     matter, is dissolved only as we master error with Truth.

         Not through sin or suicide, but by overcoming tempta-

         tion and sin, shall we escape the weariness and wicked-

9     ness of mortal existence, and gain heaven, the harmony

         of being.

         Do you sometimes find it advisable to use medicine to

12    assist in producing a cure, when it is difficult to start the

         patient’s recovery?

         You only weaken your power to heal through Mind,

15    by any compromise with matter; which is virtually ac-

         knowledging that under difficulties the former is not equal

         to the latter. He that resorts to physics, seeks what is

18    below instead of above the standard of metaphysics;

         showing his ignorance of the meaning of the term and

         of Christian Science.

21    If Christian Science is the same as Jesus taught, why is

         it not more simple, so that all can readily understand it?

         The teachings of Jesus were simple; and yet he found

24    it difficult to make the rulers understand, because of

         their great lack of spirituality. Christian Science is

         simple, and readily understood by the children; only

27    the thought educated away from it finds it abstract or

         difficult to perceive. Its seeming abstraction is the

         mystery of godliness; and godliness is simple to the

30    godly; but to the unspiritual, the ungodly, it is dark

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1     and difficult. The carnal mind cannot discern spiritual


3     Has Mrs. Eddy lost her power to heal?

         Has the sun forgotten to shine, and the planets to

         revolve around it? Who is it that discovered, dem-

6     onstrated, and teaches Christian Science? That one,

         whoever it be, does understand something of what can-

         not be lost. Thousands in the field of metaphysical

9     healing, whose lives are worthy testimonials, are her

         students, and they bear witness to this fact. Instead

         of losing her power to heal, she is demonstrating the

12    power of Christian Science over all obstacles that envy

         and malice would fling in her path. The reading of her

         book, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,”

15    is curing hundreds at this very time; and the sick, un-

         asked, are testifying thereto.

         Must I study your Science in order to keep well all my

18    life? I was healed of a chronic trouble after one month’s

         treatment by one of your students.

         When once you are healed by Science, there is no rea-

21    son why you should be liable to a return of the disease

         that you were healed of. But not to be subject again to

         any disease whatsoever, would require an understanding

24    of the Science by which you were healed.

         Because none of your students have been able to perform

         as great miracles in healing as Jesus and his disciples did,

27    does it not suggest the possibility that they do not heal on

         the same basis?

         You would not ask the pupil in simple equations to

30    solve a problem involving logarithms; and then, because

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1     he failed to get the right answer, condemn the pupil

         and the science of numbers. The simplest problem

3     in Christian Science is healing the sick, and the least

         understanding and demonstration thereof prove all its

         possibilities. The ability to demonstrate to the extent

6     that Jesus did, will come when the student possesses as

         much of the divine Spirit as he shared, and utilizes its

         power to overcome sin.

9     Opposite to good, is the universal claim of evil that

         seeks the proportions of good. There may be those

         who, having learned the power of the unspoken thought,

12    use it to harm rather than to heal, and who are using

         that power against Christian Scientists. This giant sin

         is the sin against the Holy Ghost spoken of in Matt.

15    xii. 31, 32.

         Is Christian Science based on the facts of both Spirit

         and matter?

18    Christian Science is based on the facts of Spirit and

         its forms and representations, but these facts are the

         direct antipodes of the so-called facts of matter; and

21    the eternal verities of Spirit assert themselves over their

         opposite, or matter, in the final destruction of all that

         is unlike Spirit.

24    Man knows that he can have one God only, when

         he regards God as the only Mind, Life, and substance.

         If God is Spirit, as the Scriptures declare, and All-in-

27    all, matter is mythology, and its laws are mortal


         If Mind is in matter and beneath a skull bone, it is

30    in something unlike Him; hence it is either a godless and

         material Mind, or it is God in matter, — which are theo-

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1     ries of agnosticism and pantheism, the very antipodes

         of Christian Science.

3     What is organic life?

         Life is inorganic, infinite Spirit; if Life, or Spirit,

         were organic, disorganization would destroy Spirit and

6     annihilate man.

         If Mind is not substance, form, and tangibility, God

         is substanceless; for the substance of Spirit is divine

9     Mind. Life is God, the only creator, and Life is im-

         mortal Mind, not matter.

         Every indication of matter’s constituting life is mortal,

12    the direct opposite of immortal Life, and infringes the

         rights of Spirit. Then, to conclude that Spirit consti-

         tutes or ever has constituted laws to that effect, is a mor-

15    tal error, a human conception opposed to the divine

         government. Mind and matter mingling in perpetual

         warfare is a kingdom divided against itself, that shall be

18    brought to desolation. The final destruction of this

         false belief in matter will appear at the full revelation

         of Spirit, — one God, and the brotherhood of man.

21    Organic life is an error of statement that Truth destroys.

         The Science of Life needs only to be understood; its dem-

         onstration proves the correctness of my statements, and

24    brings blessings infinite.

         Why did God command, “Be fruitful, and multiply,

         and replenish the earth,” if all minds (men) have existed

27    from the beginning, and have had successive stages of

         existence to the present time?

         Your question implies that Spirit, which first spirit-

30    ually created the universe, including man, created man

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1     over again materially; and, by the aid of mankind, all

         was later made which He had made. If the first record

3     is true, what evidence have you — apart from the evi-

         dence of that which you admit cannot discern spiritual

         things — of any other creation? The creative “Us”

6     made all, and Mind was the creator. Man originated

         not from dust, materially, but from Spirit, spiritually.

         This work had been done; the true creation was finished,

9     and its spiritual Science is alluded to in the first chapter

         of Genesis.

         Jesus said of error, “That thou doest, do quickly.”

12    By the law of opposites, after the truth of man had been

         demonstrated, the postulate of error must appear. That

         this addendum was untrue, is seen when Truth, God,

15    denounced it, and said: “I will greatly multiply thy

         sorrow.” “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt

         surely die.” The opposite error said, “I am true,” and

18    declared, “God doth know . . . that your eyes shall be

         opened, and ye shall be as gods,” creators. This was false;

         and the Lord God never said it. This history of a falsity

21    must be told in the name of Truth, or it would have no

         seeming. The Science of creation is the universe with man

         created spiritually. The false sense and error of creation

24    is the sense of man and the universe created materially.

         Why does the record make man a creation of the sixth

         and last day, if he was coexistent with God?

27    In its genesis, the Science of creation is stated in mathe-

         matical order, beginning with the lowest form and ascend-

         ing the scale of being up to man. But all that really is,

30    always was and forever is; for it existed in and of the Mind

         that is God, wherein man is foremost.

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1     If one has died of consumption, and he has no remem-

         brence of that disease or dream, does that disease have any

3     more power over him?

         Waking from a dream, one learns its unreality; then

         it has no power over one. Waking from the dream of

6     death, proves to him who thought he died that it was a

         dream, and that he did not die; then he learns that con-

         sumption did not kill him. When the belief in the power

9     of disease is destroyed, disease cannot return.

         How does Mrs. Eddy know that she has read and studied

         correctly, if one must deny the evidences of the senses?

12    She had to use her eyes to read.

         Jesus said, “Having eyes, see ye not?” I read the in-

         spired page through a higher than mortal sense. As

15    matter, the eye cannot see; and as mortal mind, it is a

         belief that sees. I may read the Scriptures through a

         belief of eyesight; but I must spiritually understand

18    them to interpret their Science.

         Does the theology of Christien Science aid its heal-


21    Without its theology there is no mental science, no

         order that proceeds from God. All Science is divine,

         not human, in origin and demonstration. If God does

24    not govern the action of man, it is inharmonious: if He

         does govern it, the action is Science. Take away the

         theology of mental healing and you take away its science,

27    leaving it a human “mind-cure,” nothing more nor less,

         — even one human mind governing another; by which,

         if you agree that God is Mind, you admit that there is

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1     more than one government and God. Having no true

         sense of the healing theology of Mind, you can neither

3     understand nor demonstrate its Science, and will prac-

         tise your belief of it in the name of Truth. This is the

         mortal “mind-cure” that produces the effect of mes-

6     merism. It is using the power of human will, instead

         of the divine power understood, as in Christian Science;

         and without this Science there had better be no “mind-

9     cure,” — in which the last state of patients is worse than

         the first.

         Is it wrong to pray for the recovery of the sick?

12    Not if we pray Scripturally, with the understanding

         that God has given all things to those who love Him;

         but pleading with infinite Love to love us, or to restore

15    health and harmony, and then to admit that it has been

         lost under His government, is the prayer of doubt and

         mortal belief that is unavailing in divine Science.

18    Is not all argument mind over mind?

         The Scriptures refer to God as saying, “Come now, and

         let us reason together.” There is but one right Mind, and

21    that one should and does govern man. Any copartnership

         with that Mind is impossible; and the only benefit in

         speaking often one to another, arises from the success that

24    one individual has with another in leading his thoughts

         away from the human mind or body, and guiding them

         with Truth. That individual is the best healer who as-

27    serts himself the least, and thus becomes a transparency

         for the divine Mind, who is the only physician; the divine

         Mind is the scientific healer.

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1     How can you believe there is no sin, and that God does

         not recognize any, when He sent His Son to save from

3     sin, and the Bible is addressed to sinners? How can you

         believe there is no sickness, when Jesus came healing the


6     To regard sin, disease, and death with less deference,

         and only as the woeful unrealities of being, is the only

         way to destroy them; Christian Science is proving this by

9     healing cases of disease and sin after all other means have

         failed. The Nazarene Prophet could make the unreality

         of both apparent in a moment.

12    Does it not limit the power of Mind to deny the possi-

         bility of communion with departed friends — dead only in

         belief ?

15    Does it limit the power of Mind to say that addition

         is not subtraction in mathematics ? The Science of Mind

         reveals the impossibility of two individual sleepers, in

18    different phases of thought, communicating, even if touch-

         ing each other corporeally; or for one who sleeps to

         communicate with another who is awake. Mind’s possi-

21    bilities are not lessened by being confined and conformed

         to the Science of being.

         If mortal mind and body are myths, what is the con-

24    nection between them and real identity, and why are there

         as many identities as mortal bodies?

         Evil in the beginning claimed the power, wisdom, and

27    utility of good; and every creation or idea of Spirit has

         its counterfeit in some matter belief. Every material be-

         lief hints the existence of spiritual reality; and if mortals

30    are instructed in spiritual things, it will be seen that ma-

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1     terial belief, in all its manifestations, reversed, will be

         found the type and representative of verities priceless,

3     eternal, and just at hand.

         The education of the future will be instruction, in spir-

         itual Science, against the material symbolic counterfeit

6     sciences. All the knowledge and vain strivings of mortal

         mind, that lead to death, — even when aping the wisdom

         and magnitude of immortal Mind, — will be swallowed

9     up by the reality and omnipotence of Truth over error,

         and of Life over death.

         “Dear Mrs. Eddy: — In the October Journal I read

12    the following: ‘But the real man, who was created in the

         image of God, does not commit sin.’ What then does sin?

         What commits theft? Or who does murder? For instance,

15    the man is held responsible for the crime; for I went once

         to a place where a man was said to be ‘hanged for mur-

         der’ — and certainly I saw him, or his effigy, dangling

18    at the end of a rope. This ‘man’ was held responsible

         for the ‘sin.’ “

         What sins?

21    According to the Word, man is the image and likeness

         of God. Does God’s essential likeness sin, or dangle at

         the end of a rope? If not, what does? A culprit, a sinner,

24    — anything but a man! Then, what is a sinner? A

         mortal; but man is immortal.

         Again: mortals are the embodiments (or bodies, if

27    you please) of error, not of Truth; of sickness, sin, and

         death. Naming these His embodiment, can neither make

         them so nor overthrow the logic that man is God’s like-

30    ness. Mortals seem very material; man in the likeness

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1     of Spirit is spiritual. Holding the right idea of man in my

         mind, I can improve my own, and other people’s individ-

3     uality, health, and morals; whereas, the opposite image

         of man, a sinner, kept constantly in mind, can no more

         improve health or morals, than holding in thought the

6     form of a boa-constrictor can aid an artist in painting a


         Man is seen only in the true likeness of his Maker.

9     Believing a lie veils the truth from our vision; even as

         in mathematics, in summing up positive and negative

         quantities, the negative quantity offsets an equal positive

12    quantity, making the aggregate positive, or true quantity,

         by that much, less available.

         Why do Christian Scientists hold that their theology is

15    essential to heal the sick, when the mind-cure claims to heal

         without it?

         The theology of Christian Science is Truth; opposed

18    to which is the error of sickness, sin, and death, that

         Truth destroys.

         A “mind-cure” is a matter-cure. An adherent to this

21    method honestly acknowledges this fact in her work

         entitled “Mind-cure on a Material Basis.” In that

         work the author grapples with Christian Science, attempts

24    to solve its divine Principle by the rule of human mind,

         fails, and ends in a parody on this Science which is amus-

         ing to astute readers, — especially when she tells them

27    that she is practising this Science.

         The theology of Christian Science is based on the action

         of the divine Mind over the human mind and body;

30    whereas, “mind-cure” rests on the notion that the human

         mind can cure its own disease, or that which it causes,

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1     and the sickness of matter, — which is infidel in the one

         case, and anomalous in the other. It was said of old by

3     Truth-traducers, that Jesus healed through Beelzebub;

         but the claim that one erring mind cures another one was

         at first gotten up to hinder his benign influence and to hide

6     his divine power.

         Our Master understood that Life, Truth, Love are the

         triune Principle of all pure theology; also, that this divine

9     trinity is one infinite remedy for the opposite triad, sick-

         ness, sin, and death.

         If there is no sin, why did Jesus come to save sinners?

12    If there is no reality in sickness, why does a Chris-

         tian Scientist go to the bedside and address himself to

         the healing of disease, on the basis of its unreality?

15    Jesus came to seek and to save such as believe in the

         reality of the unreal; to save them from this false belief;

         that they might lay hold of eternal Life, the great reality

18    that concerns man, and understand the final fact, — that

         God is omnipotent and omnipresent; yea, “that the Lord

         He is God; there is none else beside Him,” as the Scrip-

21    tures declare.

         If Christ was God, why did Jesus cry out, “My God,

         why hast Thou forsaken me?”

24    Even as the struggling heart, reaching toward a higher

         goal, appeals to its hope and faith, Why failest thou

         me? Jesus as the son of man was human: Christ as

27    the Son of God was divine. This divinity was reaching

         humanity through the crucifixion of the human, — that

         momentous demonstration of God, in which Spirit proved

30    its supremacy over matter. Jesus assumed for mortals the

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1     weakness of flesh, that Spirit might be found “All-in-all.”

         Hence, the human cry which voiced that struggle;

3     thence, the way he made for mortals’ escape. Our

         Master bore the cross to show his power over death;

         then relinquished his earth-task of teaching and dem-

6     onstrating the nothingness of sickness, sin, and death,

         and rose to his native estate, man’s indestructible eternal

         life in God.

9     What can prospective students of the College take for

         preliminary studies? Do you regard the study of litera-

         ture and languages as objectionable?

12    Persons contemplating a course at the Massachusetts

         Metaphysical College, can prepare for it through no

         books except the Bible, and “Science and Health with

15    Key to the Scriptures.” Man-made theories are nar-

         row, else extravagant, and are always materialistic.

         The ethics which guide thought spiritually must bene-

18    fit every one; for the only philosophy and religion that

         afford instruction are those which deal with facts and

         resist speculative opinions and fables.

21    Works on science are profitable; for science is not

         human. It is spiritual, and not material. Literature

         and languages, to a limited extent, are aids to a student

24    of the Bible and of Christian Science.

         Is it possible to know why we are put into this condition

         of mortality?

27    It is quite as possible to know wherefore man is thus

         conditioned, as to be certain that he is in a state of

         mortality. The only evidence of the existence of a mor-

30    tal man, or of a material state and universe, is gathered

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1     from the five personal senses. This delusive evidence,

         Science has dethroned by repeated proofs of its falsity.

3     We have no more proof of human discord, — sin,

         sickness, disease, or death, — than we have that the

         earth’s surface is flat, and her motions imaginary. If

6     man’s ipse dixit as to the stellar system is correct, this

         is because Science is true, and the evidence of the senses

         is false. Then why not submit to the affirmations of

9     Science concerning the greater subject of human weal

         and woe? Every question between Truth and error,

         Science must and will decide. Left to the decision of

12    Science, your query concerns a negative which the posi-

         tive Truth destroys; for God’s universe and man are

         immortal. We must not consider the false side of exist-

15    ence in order to gain the true solution of Life and its

         great realities.

         Have you changed your instructions as to the right way

18    of treating disease?

         I have not; and this important fact must be, and al-

         ready is, apprehended by those who understand my in-

21    structions on this question. Christian Science demands

         both law and gospel, in order to demonstrate healing,

         and I have taught them both in its demonstration, and

24    with signs following. They are a unit in restoring the

         equipoise of mind and body, and balancing man’s ac-

         count with his Maker. The sequence proves that strict

27    adherence to one is inadequate to compensate for the

         absence of the other, since both constitute the divine law

         of healing.

30    The Jewish religion demands that “whoso sheddeth

         man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.” But this

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1     law is not infallible in wisdom; and obedience thereto

         may be found faulty, since false testimony or mistaken

3     evidence may cause the innocent to suffer for the guilty.

         Hence the gospel that fulfils the law in righteousness,

         the genius whereof is displayed in the surprising wisdom

6     of these words of the New Testament: “Whatsoever

         a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” No possible

         injustice lurks in this mandate, and no human mis-

9     judgment can pervert it; for the offender alone suffers,

         and always according to divine decree. This sacred,

         solid precept is verified in all directions in Mind-

12    healing, and is supported in the Scripture by parallel


         The law and gospel of Truth and Love teach, through

15    divine Science, that sin is identical with suffering, and

         that suffering is the lighter affliction. To reach the sum-

         mit of Science, whence to discern God’s perfect ways

18    and means, the material sense must be controlled by

         the higher spiritual sense, and Truth be enthroned,

         while “we look not at the things which are seen, but at

21    the things which are not seen.”

         Cynical critics misjudge my meaning as to the sci-

         entific treatment of the sick. Disease that is superin-

24    duced by sin is not healed like the more physical

         ailment. The beginner in sin-healing must know this, or

         he never can reach the Science of Mind-healing, and

27    so “overcome evil with good.” Error in premise is met

         with error in practice; yea, it is “the blind leading the

         blind.” Ignorance of the cause of disease can neither

30    remove that cause nor its effect.

         I endeavor to accommodate my instructions to the

         present capability of the learner, and to support the

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1     liberated thought until its altitude reaches beyond the

         mere alphabet of Mind-healing. Above physical wants,

3     lie the higher claims of the law and gospel of healing.

         First is the law, which saith: —

         “Thou shalt not commit adultery;” in other words,

6     thou shalt not adulterate Life, Truth, or Love, — men-

         tally, morally, or physically. “Thou shalt not steal;”

         that is, thou shalt not rob man of money, which is but

9     trash, compared with his rights of mind and character.

         “Thou shalt not kill;” that is, thou shalt not strike at the

         eternal sense of Life with a malicious aim, but shalt

12    know that by doing thus thine own sense of Life shall be

         forfeited. “Thou shalt not bear false witness;” that is,

         thou shalt not utter a lie, either mentally or audibly, nor

15    cause it to be thought. Obedience to these command-

         ments is indispensable to health, happiness, and length

         of days.

18    The gospel of healing demonstrates the law of Love.

         Justice uncovers sin of every sort; and mercy demands

         that if you see the danger menacing others, you shall,

21    Deo volente, inform them thereof. Only thus is the right

         practice of Mind-healing achieved, and the wrong prac-

         tice discerned, disarmed, and destroyed.

24    Do you believe in translation?

         If your question refers to language, whereby one ex-

         presses the sense of words in one language by equiva-

27    lent words in another, I do. If you refer to the removal

         of a person to heaven, without his subjection to death,

         I modify my affirmative answer. I believe in this

30    removal being possible after all the footsteps requisite

         have been taken up to the very throne, up to the

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1     spiritual sense and fact of divine substance, intelligence,

         Life, and Love. This translation is not the work of mo-

3     ments; it requires both time and eternity. It means more

         than mere disappearance to the human sense; it must

         include also man’s changed appearance and diviner form

6     visible to those beholding him here.

         The Rev. — said in a sermon: A true Christian

         would protest against metaphysical healing being called

9     Christian Science. He also maintained that pain and

         disease are not illusions but realities; and that it is not

         Christian to believe they are illusions. Is this so?

12    It is unchristian to believe that pain and sickness are

         anything but illusions. My proof of this is, that the

         penalty for believing in their reality is the very pain and

15    disease. Jesus cast out a devil, and the dumb spake;

         hence it is right to know that the works of Satan are the

         illusion and error which Truth casts out.

18    Does the gentleman above mentioned know the

         meaning of divine metaphysics, or of metaphysical


21    According to Webster, metaphysics is defined thus:

         “The science of the conceptions and relations which are

         necessary to thought and knowledge; science of the

24    mind.” Worcester defines it as “the philosophy of mind,

         as distinguished from that of matter; a science of which

         the object is to explain the principles and causes of

27    all things existing.” Brande calls metaphysics “the

         science which regards the ultimate grounds of being, as

         distinguished from its phenomenal modifications.” “A

30    speculative science, which soars beyond the bounds of

         experience,” is a further definition.

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1     Divine metaphysics is that which treats of the exist-

         ence of God, His essence, relations, and attributes. A

3     sneer at metaphysics is a scoff at Deity; at His goodness,

         mercy, and might.

         Christian Science is the unfolding of true metaphysics;

6     that is, of Mind, or God, and His attributes. Science rests

         on Principle and demonstration. The Principle of Chris-

         tian Science is divine. Its rule is, that man shall utilize

9     the divine power.

         In Genesis i. 26, we read: “Let us make man in

         our image, after our likeness: and let them have

12    dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of

         the air.”

         I was once called to visit a sick man to whom the

15    regular physicians had given three doses of Croton

         oil, and then had left him to die. Upon my arrival I

         found him barely alive, and in terrible agony. In one

18    hour he was well, and the next day he attended to his

         business. I removed the stoppage, healed him of en-

         teritis, and neutralized the bad effects of the poison-

21    ous oil. His physicians had failed even to move his

         bowels, — though the wonder was, with the means

         used in their effort to accomplish this result, that

24    they had not quite killed him. According to their

         diagnosis, the exciting cause of the inflammation and

         stoppage was — eating smoked herring. The man is

27    living yet; and I will send his address to any one

         who may wish to apply to him for information about

         his case.

30    Now comes the question: Had that sick man dominion

         over the fish in his stomach?

         His want of control over “the fish of the sea” must

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1     have been an illusion, or else the Scriptures misstate

         man’s power. That the Bible is true I believe, not

3     only, but I demonstrated its truth when I exercised

         my power over the fish, cast out the sick man’s illu-

         sion, and healed him. Thus it was shown that the

6     healing action of Mind upon the body has its only ex-

         planation in divine metaphysics. As a man “thinketh

         in his heart, so is he.” When the mortal thought, or be-

9     lief, was removed, the man was well.

         What did Jesus mean when he said to the dying thief,

         “To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise”?

12    Paradisaical rest from physical agony would come to

         the criminal, if the dream of dying should startle him

         from the dream of suffering. The paradise of Spirit

15    would come to Jesus, in a spiritual sense of Life and

         power. Christ Jesus lived and reappeared. He was too

         good to die; for goodness is immortal. The thief was

18    not equal to the demands of the hour; but sin was de-

         stroying itself, and had already begun to die, — as

         the poor thief’s prayer for help indicated. The dy-

21    ing malefactor and our Lord were inevitably sepa-

         rated through Mind. The thief’s body, as matter,

         must dissolve into its native nothingness; whereas the

24    body of the holy Spirit of Jesus was eternal. That

         day the thief would be with Jesus only in a finite

         and material sense of relief; while our Lord would

27    soon be rising to the supremacy of Spirit, working

         out, even in the silent tomb, those wonderful demon-

         strations of divine power, in which none could equal his

30    glory.

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1     Is it right for me to treat others, when I am not entirely

         well myself ?

3     The late John B. Gough is said to have suffered from

         an appetite for alcoholic drink until his death; yet he

         saved many a drunkard from this fatal appetite. Paul

6     had a thorn in the flesh: one writer thinks that he was

         troubled with rheumatism, and another that he had sore

         eyes; but this is certain, that he healed others who were

9     sick. It is unquestionably right to do right; and heal-

         ing the sick is a very right thing to do.

         Does Christian Science set aside the law of transmission,

12    prenatal desires, and good or bad influences on the unborn


         Science never averts law, but supports it. All actual

15    causation must interpret omnipotence, the all-knowing

         Mind. Law brings out Truth, not error; unfolds divine

         Principle, — but neither human hypothesis nor matter.

18    Errors are based on a mortal or material formation; they

         are suppositional modes, not the factors of divine presence

         and power.

21    Whatever is humanly conceived is a departure from

         divine law; hence its mythical origin and certain end.

         According to the Scriptures, — St. Paul declares astutely,

24    “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all

         things,” — man is incapable of originating: nothing can

         be formed apart from God, good, the all-knowing Mind.

27    What seems to be of human origin is the counterfeit

         of the divine, — even human concepts, mortal shadows

         flitting across the dial of time.

30    Whatever is real is right and eternal; hence the im-

         mutable and just law of Science, that God is good only,

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1     and can transmit to man and the universe nothing evil,

         or unlike Himself. For the innocent babe to be born a

3     lifelong sufferer because of his parents’ mistakes or sins,

         were sore injustice. Science sets aside man as a creator,

         and unfolds the eternal harmonies of the only living and

6     true origin, God.

         According to the beliefs of the flesh, both good and

         bad traits of the parents are transmitted to their help-

9     less offspring, and God is supposed to impart to man

         this fatal power. It is cause for rejoicing that this belief

         is as false as it is remorseless. The immutable Word

12    saith, through the prophet Ezekiel, “What mean ye, that

         ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying,

         The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s

15    teeth are set on edge? As I live, saith the Lord God,

         ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb

         in Israel.”

18    Are material things real when they are harmonious, and

         do they disappear only to the natural sense? Does this

         Scripture, “Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have

21    need of all these things,” imply that Spirit takes note of


         The Science of Mind, as well as the material uni-

24    verse, shows that nothing which is material is in

         perpetual harmony. Matter is manifest mortal mind,

         and it exists only to material sense. Real sensation

27    is not material; it is, and must be, mental: and Mind

         is not mortal, it is immortal. Being is God, infinite

         Spirit; therefore it cannot cognize aught material, or

30    outside of infinity.

         The Scriptural passage quoted affords no evidence of

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1     the reality of matter, or that God is conscious of it.

         The so-called material body is said to suffer, but this

3     supposition is proven erroneous when Mind casts out

         the suffering. The Scripture saith, “Whom the Lord

         loveth He chasteneth;” and again, “He doth not

6     afflict willingly.” Interpreted materially, these pas-

         sages conflict; they mingle the testimony of immor-

         tal Science with mortal sense; but once discern their

9     spiritual meaning, and it separates the false sense from

         the true, and establishes the reality of what is spiritual,

         and the unreality of materiality.

12    Law is never material: it is always mental and moral,

         and a commandment to the wise. The foolish disobey

         moral law, and are punished. Human wisdom therefore

15    an get no farther than to say, He knoweth that we have

         need of experience. Belief fulfils the conditions of a be-

         lief, and these conditions destroy the belief. Hence the

18    verdict of experience: We have need of these things; we

         have need to know that the so-called pleasures and pains

         of matter — yea, that all subjective states of false sensa-

21    tion — are unreal.

         “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you,

         That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when

24    the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory,

         ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the

         twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matt. xix. 28.) What is meant

27    by regeneration?

         It is the appearing of divine law to human under-

         standing; the spiritualization that comes from spiritual

30    sense in contradistinction to the testimony of the so-

         called material senses. The phenomena of Spirit in

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1     Christian Science, and the divine correspondence of

         noumenon and phenomenon understood, are here signi-

3     fied. This new-born sense subdues not only the false

         sense of generation, but the human will, and the un-

         natural enmity of mortal man toward God. It quickly

6     imparts a new apprehension of the true basis of being,

         and the spiritual foundation for the affections which en-

         throne the Son of man in the glory of his Father; and

9     judges, through the stern mandate of Science, all human

         systems of etiology and teleology.

         If God does not recognize matter, how did Jesus, who was

12    “the way, the truth, and the life,” cognize it?

         Christ Jesus’ sense of matter was the opposite of that

         which mortals entertain: his nativity was a spiritual and

15    immortal sense of the ideal world. His earthly mission

         was to translate substance into its original meaning,

         Mind. He walked upon the waves; he turned the water

18    into wine; he healed the sick and the sinner; he raised

         the dead, and rolled away the stone from the door of his

         own tomb. His demonstration of Spirit virtually van-

21    quished matter and its supposed laws. Walking the

         wave, he proved the fallacy of the theory that matter is

         substance; healing through Mind, he removed any sup-

24    position that matter is intelligent, or can recognize or

         express pain and pleasure. His triumph over the grave

         was an everlasting victory for Life; it demonstrated the

27    lifelessness of matter, and the power and permanence

         of Spirit. He met and conquered the resistance of the


30    If you will admit, with me, that matter is neither

         substance, intelligence, nor Life, you may have all that

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1     is left of it; and you will have touched the hem of the

         garment of Jesus’ idea of matter. Christ was “the way; “

3     since Life and Truth were the way that gave us, through

         a human person, a spiritual revelation of man’s possible

         earthly development.

6     Why do you insist that there is but one Soul, and that

         Soul is not in the body?

         First: I urge this fundamental fact and grand verity

9     of Christian Science, because it includes a rule that must

         be understood, or it is impossible to demonstrate the Sci-

         ence. Soul is a synonym of Spirit, and God is Spirit.

12    There is but one God, and the infinite is not within the

         finite; hence Soul is one, and is God; and God is not in

         matter or the mortal body.

15    Second: Because Soul is a term for Deity, and this

         term should seldom be employed except where the word

         God can be used and make complete sense. The word

18    Soul may sometimes be used metaphorically; but if this

         term is warped to signify human quality, a substitution

         of sense for soul clears the meaning, and assists one to

21    understand Christian Science. Mary’s exclamation,

         “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” is rendered in Sci-

         ence, “My spiritual sense doth magnify the Lord;”

24    for the name of Deity used in that place does not bring

         out the meaning of the passage. It was evidently an

         illuminated sense through which she discovered the

27    spiritual origin of man. “The soul that sinneth, it shall

         die,” means, that mortal man (alias material sense) that

         sinneth, shall die; and the commonly accepted view is

30    that soul is deathless. Soul is the divine Mind, — for

         Soul cannot be formed or brought forth by human

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1     thought, — and must proceed from God; hence it must

         be sinless, and destitute of self-created or derived capacity

3     to sin.

         Third: Jesus said, “If a man keep my saying, he

         shall never see death.” This statement of our Master

6     is true, and remains to be demonstrated; for it is the

         ultimatum of Christian Science; but this immortal saying

         can never be tested or proven true upon a false premise,

9     such as the mortal belief that soul is in body, and life

         and intelligence are in matter. That doctrine is not

         theism, but pantheism. According to human belief the

12    bodies of mortals are mortal, but they contain immortal

         souls! hence these bodies must die for these souls to

         escape and be immortal. The theory that death must

15    occur, to set a human soul free from its environments,

         is rendered void by Jesus’ divine declaration, who spake

         as never man spake, — and no man can rationally reject

18    his authority on this subject and accept it on other topics

         less important.

         Now, exchange the term soul for sense whenever this

21    word means the so-called soul in the body, and you will

         find the right meaning indicated. The misnamed human

         soul is material sense, which sinneth and shall die; for

24    it is an error or false sense of mentality in matter, and

         matter has no sense. You will admit that Soul is the

         Life of man. Now if Soul sinned, it would die; for “the

27    wages of sin is death.” The Scripture saith, “When

         Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also

         appear with him in glory.” The Science of Soul, Spirit,

30    involves this appearing, and is essential to the fulfilment

         of this glorious prophecy of the master Metaphysician,

         who overcame the last enemy, death.

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1     Did the salvation of the eunuch depend merely on his

         believing that Jesus Christ was the Son of God?

3     It did; but this believing was more than faith in the

         fact that Jesus was the Messiah. Here the verb believe

         took its original meaning, namely, to be firm, — yea, to

6     understand those great truths asserted of the Messiah:

         it meant to discern and consent to that infinite demand

         made upon the eunuch in those few words of the apostle.

9     Philip’s requirement was, that he should not only ac-

         knowledge the incarnation, — God made manifest through

         man, — but even the eternal unity of man and God, as

12    the divine Principle and spiritual idea; which is the in-

         dissoluble bond of union, the power and presence, in

         divine Science, of Life, Truth, and Love, to support their

15    ideal man. This is the Father’s great Love that He

         hath bestowed upon us, and it holds man in endless

         Life and one eternal round of harmonious being. It

18    guides him by Truth that knows no error, and with

         supersensual, impartial, and unquenchable Love. To

         believe is to be firm. In adopting all this vast idea of

21    Christ Jesus, the eunuch was to know in whom he be-

         lieved. To believe thus was to enter the spiritual sanctuary

         of Truth, and there learn, in divine Science, somewhat

24    of the All-Father-Mother God. It was to understand

         God and man: it was sternly to rebuke the mortal

         belief that man has fallen away from his first estate; that

27    man, made in God’s own likeness, and reflecting Truth,

         could fall into mortal error; or, that man is the father

         of man. It was to enter unshod the Holy of Holies, where

30    the miracle of grace appears, and where the miracles of

         Jesus had their birth, — healing the sick, casting out

         evils, and resurrecting the human sense to the belief

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1     that Life, God, is not buried in matter. This is the spirit-

         ual dawn of the Messiah, and the overture of the

3     angels. This is when God is made manifest in the

         flesh, and thus it destroys all sense of sin, sickness, and

         death, — when the brightness of His glory encompasseth

6     all being.

         Can Christian Science Mind-healing be taught to those

         who are absent?

9     The Science of Mind-healing can no more be taught

         thus, than can science in any other direction. I know

         not how to teach either Euclid or the Science of Mind

12    silently; and never dreamed that either of these partook

         of the nature of occultism, magic, alchemy, or necro-

         mancy. These “ways that are vain” are the inventions

15    of animal magnetism, which would deceive, if possible,

         the very elect. We will charitably hope, however, that

         some people employ the et cetera of ignorance and self-

18    conceit unconsciously, in their witless ventilation of false

         statements and claims. Misguiding the public mind and

         taking its money in exchange for this abuse, has become

21    too common: we will hope it is the froth of error passing

         off; and that Christian Science will some time appear all

         the clearer for the purification of the public thought con-

24    cerning it.

         Has man fallen from a state of perfection?

         If God is the Principle of man (and He is), man is the

27    idea of God; and this idea cannot fail to express the ex-

         act nature of its Principle, — any more than goodness,

         to present the quality of good. Human hypotheses are

30    always human vagaries, formulated views antagonistic

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1     to the divine order and the nature of Deity. All these

         mortal beliefs will be purged and dissolved in the cru-

3     cible of Truth, and the places once knowing them will

         know them no more forever, having been swept clean

         by the winds of history. The grand verities of Science

6     will sift the chaff from the wheat, until it is clear to hu-

         man comprehension that man was, and is, God’s perfect

         likeness, that reflects all whereby we can know God. In

9     Him we live, move, and have being. Man’s origin and

         existence being in Him, man is the ultimatum of per-

         fection, and by no means the medium of imperfection.

12    Immortal man is the eternal idea of Truth, that cannot

         lapse into a mortal belief or error concerning himself

         and his origin: he cannot get out of the focal distance of

15    infinity. If God is upright and eternal, man as His like-

         ness is erect in goodness and perpetual in Life, Truth,

         and Love. If the great cause is perfect, its effect is per-

18    fect also; and cause and effect in Science are immutable

         and immortal. A mortal who is sinning, sick, and dying,

         is not immortal man; and never was, and never can be,

21    God’s image and likeness, the true ideal of immortal

         man’s divine Principle. The spiritual man is that per-

         fect and unfallen likeness, coexistent and coeternal with

24    God. “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be

         made alive.”

         What course should Christian Scientists take in regard

27    to aiding persons brought before the courts for violation of

         medical statutes?

         Beware of joining any medical league which in any

30    way obligates you to assist — because they chance to be

         under arrest — vendors of patent pills, mesmerists,

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1     occultists, sellers of impure literature, and authors of

         spurious works on mental healing. By rendering error

3     such a service, you lose much more than can be gained

         by mere unity on the single issue of opposition to unjust

         medical laws.

6     A league which obligates its members to give money

         and influence in support and defense of medical char-

         latans in general, and possibly to aid individual rights

9     in a wrong direction — which Christian Science eschews

         — should be avoided. Anybody and everybody, who

         will fight the medical faculty, can join this league. It is

12    better to be friendly with cultured and conscientious

         medical men, who leave Christian Science to rise or fall

         on its own merit or demerit, than to affiliate with a wrong

15    class of people.

         Unconstitutional and unjust coercive legislation and

         laws, infringing individual rights, must be “of few days,

18    and full of trouble.” The vox populi, through the provi-

         dence of God, promotes and impels all true reform; and,

         at the best time, will redress wrongs and rectify injus-

21    tice. Tyranny can thrive but feebly under our Govern-

         ment. God reigns, and will “turn and overturn” until

         right is found supreme.

24    In a certain sense, we should commiserate the lot of

         regular doctors, who, in successive generations for cen-

         turies, have planted and sown and reaped in the fields

27    of what they deem pathology, hygiene, and therapeutics,

         but are now elbowed by a new school of practitioners,

         outdoing the healing of the old. The old will not patronize

30    the new school, at least not until it shall come to under-

         stand the medical system of the new.

         Christian Science Mind-healing rests demonstrably on

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1     the broad and sure foundation of Science; and this is

         not the basis of materia medica, as some of the most skil-

3     ful and scholarly physicians openly admit.

         To prevent all unpleasant and unchristian action — as

         we drift, by right of God’s dear love, into more spiritual

6     lines of life — let each society of practitioners, the matter-

         physicians and the metaphysicians, agree to disagree, and

         then patiently wait on God to decide, as surely He will,

9     which is the true system of medicine.

         Do we not see in the commonly accepted teachings of the

         day, the Christ-idea mingled with the teachings of John

12    the Baptist? or, rather, Are not the last eighteen centuries

         but the footsteps of Truth being baptized of John, and com-

         ing up straightway out of the ceremonial (or ritualistic)

15    waters to receive the benediction of an honored Father, and

         afterwards to go up into the wilderness, in order to over-

         come mortal sense, before it shall go forth into all the cities

18    and towns of Judea, or see many of the people from beyond

         Jordan? Now, if all this be a fair or correct view of this

         question, why does not John hear this voice, or see the

21    dove, — or has not Truth yet reached the shore?

         Every individual character, like the individual John

         the Baptist, at some date must cry in the desert of

24    earthly joy; and his voice be heard divinely and

         humanly. In the desolation of human understanding,

         divine Love hears and answers the human call for help;

27    and the voice of Truth utters the divine verities of being

         which deliver mortals out of the depths of ignorance

         and vice. This is the Father’s benediction. It gives

30    lessons to human life, guides the understanding, peoples

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1     the mind with spiritual ideas, reconstructs the Judean

         religion, and reveals God and man as the Principle and

3     idea of all good.

         Understanding this fact in Christian Science, brings

         the peace symbolized by a dove; and this peace floweth

6     as a river into a shoreless eternity. He who knew the

         foretelling Truth, beheld the forthcoming Truth, as it

         came up out of the baptism of Spirit, to enlighten and

9     redeem mortals. Such Christians as John cognize the

         symbols of God, reach the sure foundations of time, stand

         upon the shore of eternity, and grasp and gather — in all

12    glory — what eye hath not seen.

         Is there infinite progression with man after the destruc-

         tion of mortal mind?

15    Man is the offspring and idea of the Supreme Being,

         whose law is perfect and infinite. In obedience to this

         law, man is forever unfolding the endless beatitudes of

18    Being; for he is the image and likeness of infinite Life,

         Truth, and Love.

         Infinite progression is concrete being, which finite

21    mortals see and comprehend only as abstract glory. As

         mortal mind, or the material sense of life, is put off,

         the spiritual sense and Science of being is brought to

24    light.

         Mortal mind is a myth; the one Mind is immortal.

         A mythical or mortal sense of existence is consumed

27    as a moth, in the treacherous glare of its own flame —

         the errors which devour it. Immortal Mind is God,

         immortal good; in whom the Scripture saith “we live,

30    and move, and have our being.” This Mind, then, is not

         subject to growth, change, or diminution, but is the divine

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1     intelligence, or Principle, of all real being; holding

         man forever in the rhythmic round of unfolding bliss,

3     as a living witness to and perpetual idea of inexhaustible


         In your book, Science and Health,(1) page 181, you

6     say: “Every sin is the author of itself, and every

         invalid the cause of his own suferings.” On page

         182 you say: “Sickness is a growth of illusion, spring-

9     ing from a seed of thought, — either your own thought

         or another’s.” Will you please explain this seeming


12    No person can accept another’s belief, except it be

         with the consent of his own belief. If the error which

         knocks at the door of your own thought originated in

15    another’s mind, you are a free moral agent to reject or

         to accept this error; hence, you are the arbiter of your

         own fate, and sin is the author of sin. In the words

18    of our Master, you are “a liar, and the father of it

         [the lie].”

         Why did Jesus call himself “the Son of man”?

21    In the life of our Lord, meekness was as conspicuous

         as might. In John xvii. he declared his sonship with

         God: “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his

24    eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come;

         glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee.”

         The hour had come for the avowal of this great truth,

27    and for the proof of his eternal Life and sonship. Jesus’

         (1) Quoted from the sixteenth edition.

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1     wisdom ofttimes was shown by his forbearing to speak,

         as well as by speaking, the whole truth. Haply he waited

3     for a preparation of the human heart to receive start-

         ling announcements. This wisdom, which character-

         ized his sayings, did not prophesy his death, and thereby

6     hasten or permit it.

         The disciples and prophets thrust disputed points on

         minds unprepared for them. This cost them their lives,

9     and the world’s temporary esteem; but the prophecies

         were fulfilled, and their motives were rewarded by

         growth and more spiritual understanding, which dawns

12    by degrees on mortals. The spiritual Christ was infal-

         lible; Jesus, as material manhood, was not Christ. The

         “man of sorrows” knew that the man of joys, his spiritual

15    self, or Christ, was the Son of God; and that the mor-

         tal mind, not the immortal Mind, suffered. The human

         manifestation of the Son of God was called the Son of

18    man, or Mary’s son.

         Please explain Paul’s meaning in the text, “For to me

         to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

21    The Science of Life, overshadowing Paul’s sense of

         life in matter, so far extinguished the latter as forever

         to quench his love for it. The discipline of the flesh is

24    designed to turn one, like a weary traveller, to the home

         of Love. To lose error thus, is to live in Christ, Truth.

         A true sense of the falsity of material joys and sorrows,

27    pleasures and pains, takes them away, and teaches Life’s

         lessons aright. The transition from our lower sense of

         Life to a new and higher sense thereof, even though it be

30    through the door named death, yields a clearer and

         nearer sense of Life to those who have utilized the present,

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1     and are ripe for the harvest-home. To the battle-

         worn and weary Christian hero, Life eternal brings

3     blessings.

         Is a Christian Scientist ever sick, and has he who is

         sick been regenerated?

6     The Christian Scientist learns spiritually all that he

         knows of Life, and demonstrates what he understands.

         God is recognized as the divine Principle of his being,

9     and of every thought and act leading to good. His pur-

         pose must be right, though his power is temporarily lim-

         ited. Perfection, the goal of existence, is not won in a

12    moment; and regeneration leading thereto is gradual,

         for it culminates in the fulfilment of this divine rule in

         Science: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father

15    which is in heaven is perfect.”

         The last degree of regeneration rises into the rest of

         perpetual, spiritual, individual existence. The first

18    feeble flutterings of mortals Christward are infantile

         and more or less imperfect. The new-born Christian

         Scientist must mature, and work out his own salvation.

21    Spirit and flesh antagonize. Temptation, that mist of

         mortal mind which seems to be matter and the environ-

         ment of mortals, suggests pleasure and pain in matter;

24    and, so long as this temptation lasts, the warfare is not

         ended and the mortal is not regenerated. The pleas-

         ures — more than the pains — of sense, retard regenera-

27    tion; for pain compels human consciousness to escape

         from sense into the immortality and harmony of Soul.

         Disease in error, more than ease in it, tends to destroy

30    error: the sick often are thereby led to Christ, Truth,

         and to learn their way out of both sickness and sin.

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1     The material and physical are imperfect. The in-

         dividual and spiritual are perfect; these have no fleshly

3     nature. This final degree of regeneration is saving, and

         the Christian will, must, attain it; but it doth not yet

         appear. Until this be attained, the Christian Scientist

6     must continue to strive with sickness, sin, and death —

         though in lessening degrees — and manifest growth at

         every experience.

9     Is it correct to say of material objects, that they are noth-

         ing and exist only in imagination?

         Nothing and something are words which need correct

12    definition. They either mean formations of indefinite

         and vague human opinions, or scientific classifications

         of the unreal and the real. My sense of the beauty of

15    the universe is, that beauty typifies holiness, and is some-

         thing to be desired. Earth is more spiritually beautiful

         to my gaze now than when it was more earthly to the

18    eyes of Eve. The pleasant sensations of human belief,

         of form and color, must be spiritualized, until we gain the

         glorified sense of substance as in the new heaven and

21    earth, the harmony of body and Mind.

         Even the human conception of beauty, grandeur, and

         utility is something that defies a sneer. It is more than

24    imagination. It is next to divine beauty and the gran-

         deur of Spirit. It lives with our earth-life, and is

         the subjective state of high thoughts. The atmos-

27    phere of mortal mind constitutes our mortal envi-

         ronment. What mortals hear, see, feel, taste, smell,

         constitutes their present earth and heaven: but we must

30    grow out of even this pleasing thraldom, and find wings

         to reach the glory of supersensible Life; then we shall

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1     soar above, as the bird in the clear ether of the blue tem-

         poral sky.

3     To take all earth’s beauty into one gulp of vacuity

         and label beauty nothing, is ignorantly to caricature

         God’s creation, which is unjust to human sense and

6     to the divine realism. In our immature sense of spirit-

         ual things, let us say of the beauties of the sensuous

         universe: “I love your promise; and shall know, some

9     time, the spiritual reality and substance of form, light,

         and color, of what I now through you discern dimly; and

         knowing this, I shall be satisfied. Matter is a frail con-

12    ception of mortal mind; and mortal mind is a poorer

         representative of the beauty, grandeur, and glory of the

         immortal Mind.”

15    Please inform us, through your Journal, if you sent

         Mrs. — to — . She said that you sent her there to look

         after the students; and also, that no one there was working

18    in Science, — which is certainly a mistake.

         I never commission any one to teach students of mine.

         After class teaching, he does best in the investigation of

21    Christian Science who is most reliant on himself and

         God. My students are taught the divine Principle and

         rules of the Science of Mind-healing. What they need

24    hereafter is to study thoroughly the Scriptures and

         “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” To

         watch and pray, to be honest, earnest, loving, and truth-

27    ful, is indispensable to the demonstration of the truth

         they have been taught.

         If they are haunted by obsequious helpers, who, un-

30    called for, imagine they can help anybody and steady

         God’s altar — this interference prolongs the struggle

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1     and tends to blight the fruits of my students. A faith-

         ful student may even sometimes feel the need of

3     physical help, and occasionally receive it from others;

         but the less this is required, the better it is for that


6     Please give us, through your Journal, the name of

         the author of that genuine critique in the September

         number, “What Quibus Thinks.”

9     I am pleased to inform this inquirer, that the author

         of the article in question is a Boston gentleman whose

         thought is appreciated by many liberals. Patience, ob-

12    servation, intellectual culture, reading, writing, exten-

         sive travel, and twenty years in the pulpit, have equipped

         him as a critic who knows whereof he speaks. His allu-

15    sion to Christian Science in the following paragraph,

         glows in the shadow of darkling criticism like a mid-

         night sun. Its manly honesty follows like a benediction

18    after prayer, and closes the task of talking to deaf ears

         and dull debaters.

         “We have always insisted that this Science is natural,

21    spiritually natural; that Jesus was the highest type of

         real nature; that Christian healing is supernatural, or

         extra-natural, only to those who do not enter into its

24    sublimity or understand its modes — as imported ice

         was miraculous to the equatorial African, who had never

         seen water freeze.”

27    Is it right for a Scientist to treat with a doctor?

         This depends upon what kind of a doctor it is. Mind-

         healing, and healing with drugs, are opposite modes of

30    medicine. As a rule, drop one of these doctors when you

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1     employ the other. The Scripture saith, “No man can

         serve two masters;” and, “Every kingdom divided

3     against itself is brought to desolation.”

         If Scientists are called upon to care for a member of

         the family, or a friend in sickness, who is employing a

6     regular physician, would it be right to treat this patient

         at all; and ought the patient to follow the doctor’s


9     When patients are under material medical treatment,

         it is advisable in most cases that Scientists do not treat

         them, or interfere with materia medica. If the patient

12    is in peril, and you save him or alleviate his sufferings,

         although the medical attendant and friends have no

         faith in your method, it is humane, and not unchristian,

15    to do him all the good you can; but your good will gen-

         erally “be evil spoken of.” The hazard of casting “pearls

         before swine” caused our Master to refuse help to some

18    who sought his aid; and he left this precaution for


         If mortal man is unreal, how can he be saved, and why

21    does he need to be saved? I ask for information, not for

         controversy, for I am a seeker after Truth.

         You will find the proper answer to this question in

24    my published works. Man is immortal. Mortal man

         is a false concept that is not spared or prolonged by being

         saved from itself, from whatever is false. This salva-

27    tion means: saved from error, or error overcome. Im-

         mortal man, in God’s likeness, is safe in divine Science.

         Mortal man is saved on this divine Principle, if he will

30    only avail himself of the efficacy of Truth, and recog-

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1     nize his Saviour. He must know that God is omnipo-

         tent; hence, that sin is impotent. He must know that

3     the power of sin is the pleasure in sin. Take away this

         pleasure, and you remove all reality from its power. Jesus

         demonstrated sin and death to be powerless. This

6     practical Truth saves from sin, and will save all who

         understand it.

         Is it wrong for a wife to have a husband treated for

9     sin, when she knows he is sinning, or for drinking and


         It is always right to act rightly; but sometimes, under

12    circumstances exceptional, it is inexpedient to attack

         evil. This rule is forever golden: “As ye would that

         men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” Do you

15    desire to be freed from sin? Then help others to be free;

         but in your measures, obey the Scriptures, “Be ye wise

         as serpents.” Break the yoke of bondage in every wise

18    way. First, be sure that your means for doing good

         are equal to your motives; then judge them by their


21    If not ordained, shall the pastor of the Church of

         Christ, Scientist, administer the communion, — and

         shall members of a church not organized receive the

24    communion?

         Our great Master administered to his disciples the

         Passover, or last supper, without this prerogative being

27    conferred by a visible organization and ordained priest-

         hood. His spiritually prepared breakfast, after his

         resurrection, and after his disciples had left their nets

30    to follow him, is the spiritual communion which Chris-

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1     tian Scientists celebrate in commemoration of the Christ.

         This ordinance is significant as a type of the true worship,

3     and it should be observed at present in our churches.

         It is not indispensable to organize materially Christ’s

         church. It is not absolutely necessary to ordain pas-

6     tors and to dedicate churches; but if this be done,

         let it be in concession to the period, and not as a per-

         petual or indispensable ceremonial of the church. If

9     our church is organized, it is to meet the demand,

         “Suffer it to be so now.” The real Christian compact

         is love for one another. This bond is wholly spiritual

12    and inviolate.

         It is imperative, at all times and under every cir-

         cumstance, to perpetuate no ceremonials except as

15    types of these mental conditions, — remembrance and

         love; a real affection for Jesus’ character and example.

         Be it remembered, that all types employed in the ser-

18    vice of Christian Science should represent the most spir-

         itual forms of thought and worship that can be made


21    Should not the teacher of Christian Science have our

         textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,”

         in his schoolroom and teach from it?

24    I never dreamed, until informed thereof, that a loyal

         student did not take his textbook with him into the class-

         room, ask questions from it, answer them according to

27    it, and, as occasion required, read from the book as au-

         thority for what he taught. I supposed that students

         had followed my example, and that of other teachers,

30    sufficiently to do this, and also to require their pupils to

         study the lessons before recitations.

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1     To omit these important points is anomalous, con-

         sidering the necessity for understanding Science, and

3     the present liability of deviating from Christian Science.

         Centuries will intervene before the statement of the inex-

         haustible topics of that book become sufficiently under-

6     stood to be absolutely demonstrated. The teacher of

         Christian Science needs continually to study this textbook.

         His work is to replenish thought, and to spiritualize human

9     life, from this open fount of Truth and Love.

         He who sees most clearly and enlightens other minds

         most readily, keeps his own lamp trimmed and burning.

12    He will take the textbook of Christian Science into his

         class, repeat the questions in the chapter on Recapitula-

         tion, and his students will answer them from the same

15    source. Throughout his entire explanations, the teacher

         should strictly adhere to the questions and answers con-

         tained in that chapter of “Science and Health with Key

18    to the Scriptures.” It is important to point out the

         lesson to the class, and to require the students thor-

         oughly to study it before the recitations; for this spirit-

21    ualizes their thoughts. When closing his class, the

         teacher should require each member to own a copy of

         the above-named book and to continue the study of this

24    textbook.

         The opinions of men cannot be substituted for God’s

         revelation. It must not be forgotten that in times past,

27    arrogant ignorance and pride, in attempting to steady

         the ark of Truth, have dimmed the power and glory of

         the Scriptures, to which this Christian Science textbook

30    is the Key.

         That teacher does most for his students who most

         divests himself of pride and self, spiritualizes his own

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1     thought, and by reason thereof is able to empty his stu-

         dents’ minds, that they may be filled with Truth.

3     Beloved students, so teach that posterity shall call

         you blessed, and the heart of history shall be made


6     Can fear or sin bring back old beliefs of disease that have

         been healed by Christian Science?

         The Scriptures plainly declare the allness and oneness

9     of God to be the premises of Truth, and that God is

         good: in Him dwelleth no evil. Christian Science au-

         thorizes the logical conclusion drawn from the Scriptures,

12    that there is in reality none besides the eternal, infinite

         God, good. Evil is temporal: it is the illusion of time

         and mortality.

15    This being true, sin has no power; and fear, its coeval,

         is without divine authority. Science sanctions only what

         is supported by the unerring Principle of being. Sin can

18    do nothing: all cause and effect are in God. Fear is a

         belief of sensation in matter: this belief is neither main-

         tained by Science nor supported by facts, and exists only

21    as fable. Your answer is, that neither fear nor sin can

         bring on disease or bring back disease, since there is in

         reality no disease.

24    Bear in mind, however, that human consciousness does

         not test sin and the fact of its nothingness, by believing

         that sin is pardoned without repentance and reforma-

27    tion. Sin punishes itself, because it cannot go unpun-

         ished either here or hereafter. Nothing is more fatal than

         to indulge a sinning sense or consciousness for even one

30    moment. Knowing this, obey Christ’s Sermon on the

         Mount, even if you suffer for it in the first instance, —

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1     are misjudged and maligned; in the second, you will

         reign with him.

3     I never knew a person who knowingly indulged evil,

         to be grateful; to understand me, or himself. He must

         first see himself and the hallucination of sin; then he

6     must repent, and love good in order to understand God.

         The sinner and the sin are the twain that are one flesh, —

         but which God hath not joined together.

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