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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 bur6dened with material modes. Hypnotism, microbes, X-rays, and ex-common sense, occupy time and thought; and error, given new opportunities, will improve them. The 9most just man can neither defend the innocent nor detect the guilty, unless he knows how to be just; and this knowledge 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 15denominated, 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 18sense 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 flip21pancy 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 27own 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, 30and 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 113 113:1of sensuous mind in matter. Mind that is God is not in matter; and God’s presence gives spiritual light, wherein 3is no darkness.

    If, as is indisputably true, “God is Spirit,” and Spirit is our Father and Mother, and that which it includes is 6all that is real and eternal, when evil seems to predominate and divine light to be obscured, free moral agency is lost; and the Revelator’s vision, that “no man might 9buy 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 12is not gaining a higher sense of Truth by it, is losing in the scale of moral and spiritual being, and may be carried to the depths of perdition by his own consent. He 15who refuses to be influenced by any but the divine Mind, commits his way to God, and rises superior to suggestions from an evil source. Christian Science shows that 18there is a way of escape from the latter-day ultimatum of evil, through scientific truth; so that all are without excuse.

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 24Christianity. 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 27in heaven.

    The systematized centres of Christian Science are life-giving fountains of truth. Our churches, The Christian 30Science Journal, and the Christian Science Quarterly, are prolific sources of spiritual power whose intellectual, moral, and spiritual animus is felt throughout the land. 114 114:1Our Publishing Society, and our Sunday Lessons, are of inestimable value to all seekers after Truth. The Com3mittee 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 educa6tional branch.

    The teachers of Christian Science need to watch incessantly the trend of their own thoughts; watch that these 9be 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 12Bible and their textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” They must themselves practise, and teach others to practise, the Hebrew Decalogue, the Ser15mon on the Mount, and the understanding and enunciation of these according to Christ.

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