Chapter 4 – Addresses – Address Before The Alumni Of The Massachusetts Metaphysical College, 1895 | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Chapter 4 – Addresses – Address Before The Alumni Of The Massachusetts Metaphysical College, 1895

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15    My Beloved Students: — Weeks have passed into

         months, and months into years, since last we met; but

         time and space, when encompassed by divine presence,

18    do not separate us. Our hearts have kept time together,

         and our hands have wrought steadfastly at the same

         object-lesson, while leagues have lain between us.

21    We may well unite in thanksgiving for the continued

         progress and unprecedented prosperity of our Cause. It

         is already obvious that the world’s acceptance and the

24    momentum of Christian Science, increase rapidly as

         years glide on.

         As Christian Scientists, you have dared the perilous de-

27    fense of Truth, and have succeeded. You have learned

         how fleeting is that which men call great; and how per-

         manent that which God calls good.

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1     You have proven that the greatest piety is scarcely

         sufficient to demonstrate what you have adopted and

3     taught; that your work, well done, would dignify angels.

         Faithfully, as meekly, you have toiled all night; and

         at break of day caught much. At times, your net has

6     been so full that it broke: human pride, creeping into

         its meshes, extended it beyond safe expansion; then,

         losing hold of divine Love, you lost your fishes, and pos-

9     sibly blamed others more than yourself. But those whom

         God makes “fishers of men” will not pull for the shore;

         like Peter, they launch into the depths, cast their nets

12    on the right side, compensate loss, and gain a higher sense

         of the true idea. Nothing is lost that God gives: had He

         filled the net, it would not have broken.

15    Leaving the seed of Truth to its own vitality, it propa-

         gates: the tares cannot hinder it. Our Master said,

         “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall

18    not pass away;” and Jesus’ faith in Truth must not ex-

         ceed that of Christian Scientists who prove its power to

         be immortal.

21    The Christianity that is merely of sects, the pulpit, and

         fashionable society, is brief; but the Word of God abideth.

         Plato was a pagan; but no greater difference existed be-

24    tween his doctrines and those of Jesus, than to-day exists

         between the Catholic and Protestant sects. I love the

         orthodox church; and, in time, that church will love

27    Christian Science. Let me specially call the attention of

         this Association to the following false beliefs inclining

         mortal mind more deviously: —

30    The belief in anti-Christ: that somebody in the flesh

         is the son of God, or is another Christ, or is a spiritually

         adopted child, or is an incarnated babe, is the evil one—

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1     in other words, the one evil — disporting itself with the

         subtleties of sin !

3     Even honest thinkers, not knowing whence they come,

         may deem these delusions verities, before they know it,

         or really look the illusions in the face. The ages are bur-

6     dened with material modes. Hypnotism, microbes, X-rays,

         and ex-common sense, occupy time and thought; and

         error, given new opportunities, will improve them. The

9     most just man can neither defend the innocent nor detect

         the guilty, unless he knows how to be just; and this knowl-

         edge demands our time and attention.

12    The mental stages of crime, which seem to belong to

         the latter days, are strictly classified in metaphysics as

         some of the many features and forms of what is properly

15    denominated, in extreme cases, moral idiocy. I visited

         in his cell the assassin of President Garfield, and found

         him in the mental state called moral idiocy. He had no

18    sense of his crime; but regarded his act as one of simple

         justice, and himself as the victim. My few words touched

         him; he sank back in his chair, limp and pale; his flip-

21    pancy had fled. The jailer thanked me, and said, “Other

         visitors have brought to him bouquets, but you have

         brought what will do him good.”

24    This mental disease at first shows itself in extreme

         sensitiveness; then, in a loss of self-knowledge and of

         self-condemnation, — a shocking inability to see one’s

27    own faults, but an exaggerating sense of other people’s.

         Unless this mental condition be overcome, it ends in a

         total loss of moral, intellectual, and spiritual discernment,

30    and is characterized in this Scripture: “The fool hath

         said in his heart, There is no God.” This state of mind

         is the exemplification of total depravity, and the result

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1     of sensuous mind in matter. Mind that is God is not in

         matter; and God’s presence gives spiritual light, wherein

3     is no darkness.

         If, as is indisputably true, “God is Spirit,” and Spirit

         is our Father and Mother, and that which it includes is

6     all that is real and eternal, when evil seems to predomi-

         nate and divine light to be obscured, free moral agency

         is lost; and the Revelator’s vision, that “no man might

9     buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the

         beast, or the number of his name,” is imminent.

         Whoever is mentally manipulating human mind, and

12    is not gaining a higher sense of Truth by it, is losing in

         the scale of moral and spiritual being, and may be car-

         ried to the depths of perdition by his own consent. He

15    who refuses to be influenced by any but the divine Mind,

         commits his way to God, and rises superior to sugges-

         tions from an evil source. Christian Science shows that

18    there is a way of escape from the latter-day ultimatum

         of evil, through scientific truth; so that all are without


21    Already I clearly recognize that mental malpractice,

         if persisted in, will end in insanity, dementia, or moral

         idiocy. Thank God! this evil can be resisted by true

24    Christianity. Divine Love is our hope, strength, and

         shield. We have nothing to fear when Love is at the

         helm of thought, but everything to enjoy on earth and

27    in heaven.

         The systematized centres of Christian Science are life-

         giving fountains of truth. Our churches, The Christian

30    Science Journal, and the Christian Science Quarterly,

         are prolific sources of spiritual power whose intellectual,

         moral, and spiritual animus is felt throughout the land.

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1     Our Publishing Society, and our Sunday Lessons, are

         of inestimable value to all seekers after Truth. The Com-

3     mittee on Sunday School Lessons cannot give too much

         time and attention to their task, and should spare no

         research in the preparation of the Quarterly as an educa-

6     tional branch.

         The teachers of Christian Science need to watch inces-

         santly the trend of their own thoughts; watch that these

9     be not secretly robbed, and themselves misguided, and

         so made to misteach others. Teachers must conform

         strictly to the rules of divine Science announced in the

12    Bible and their textbook, “Science and Health with Key

         to the Scriptures.” They must themselves practise, and

         teach others to practise, the Hebrew Decalogue, the Ser-

15    mon on the Mount, and the understanding and enuncia-

         tion of these according to Christ.

         They must always have on armor, and resist the foe

18    within and without. They cannot arm too thoroughly

         against original sin, appearing in its myriad forms: pas-

         sion, appetites, hatred, revenge, and all the et cetera of

21    evil. Christian Scientists cannot watch too sedulously,

         or bar their doors too closely, or pray to God too fer-

         vently, for deliverance from the claims of evil. Thus

24    doing, Scientists will silence evil suggestions, uncover

         their methods, and stop their hidden influence upon the

         lives of mortals. Rest assured that God in His wisdom

27    will test all mankind on all questions; and then, if found

         faithful, He will deliver us from temptation and show us

         the powerlessness of evil, — even its utter nothingness.

30    The teacher in Christian Science who does not spe-

         cially instruct his pupils how to guard against evil and

         its silent modes, and to be able, through Christ, the liv-

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1     ing Truth, to protect themselves therefrom, is commit-

         ting an offense against God and humanity. With Science

3     and Health for their textbook, I am astounded at the

         apathy of some students on the subject of sin and mental

         malpractice, and their culpable ignorance of the work-

6     ings of these — and even the teacher’s own deficiency in

         this department. I can account for this state of mind in

         the teacher only as the result of sin; otherwise, his own

         guilt as a mental malpractitioner, and fear of being found


         The helpless ignorance of the community on this sub-

12    ject is pitiable, and plain to be seen. May God enable

         my students to take up the cross as I have done, and meet

         the pressing need of a proper preparation of heart to prac-

15    tise, teach, and live Christian Science! Your means of

         protection and defense from sin are, constant watchful-

         ness and prayer that you enter not into temptation and

18    are delivered from every claim of evil, till you intelligently

         know and demonstrate, in Science, that evil has neither

         prestige, power, nor existence, since God, good, is All-

21    in-all.

         The increasing necessity for relying on God to de-

         fend us against the subtler forms of evil, turns us more

24    unreservedly to Him for help, and thus becomes a means

         of grace. If one lives rightly, every effort to hurt one

         will only help that one; for God will give the ability to

27    overcome whatever tends to impede progress. Know

         this that you cannot overcome the baneful effects of

         sin on yourself, if you in any way indulge in sin; for,

30    sooner or later, you will fall the victim of your own as

         well as of others’ sins. Using mental power in the right

         direction only, doing to others as you would have them

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1     do to you, will overcome evil with good, and destroy

         your own sensitiveness to the power of evil.

3     The God of all grace be with you, and save you from

         “spiritual wickedness in high places.”

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