Contagion | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent


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21    Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cog-

         nizance of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch

         as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to

24    mind and not to matter. Floating with the popular

         current of mortal thought without questioning the re-

         liability of its conclusions, we do what others do,

27    believe what others believe, and say what others say.

         Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease


30    People believe in infectious and contagious diseases,

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1     and that any one is liable to have them under certain

         predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state pre-

3     pares one to have any disease whenever there appear the

         circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed

         as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to con-

6     tact with healthy people, he would catch their state of

         feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does

         the sick man’s.

9     If only the people would believe that good is more

         contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how

         much more certain would be the doctor’s success, and

12    the clergyman’s conversion of sinners. And if only the

         pulpit would encourage faith in God in this direction

         and faith in Mind over all other influences governing

15    the receptivity of the body, theology would teach man

         as David taught: “Because thou hast made the Lord,

         which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation;

18    there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague

         come nigh thy dwelling.”

         The confidence of mankind in contagious disease would

21    thus become beautifully less; and in the same propor-

         tion would faith in the power of God to heal and to save

         mankind increase, until the whole human race would

24    become healthier, holier, happier, and longer lived. A

         calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of

         contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sana-

27    tive method; and the “perfect Love” that “casteth out

         fear” is a sure defense.

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