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    When Jesus declares that “the light of the body is the eye,” he certainly means that light depends upon Mind, 27not upon the complex humors, lenses, muscles, the iris and pupil, constituting the visual organism.

    Man is never sick, for Mind is not sick and matter 30No real diseasecannot be. A false belief is both the tempter and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the disease and its cause. It is well to be calm in sickness; 394 394:1to be hopeful is still better; but to understand that sickness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming 3reality, is best of all, for this understanding is the universal and perfect remedy.

    By conceding power to discord, a large majority of 6doctors depress mental energy, which is the only real Recuperation mentalrecuperative power. Knowledge that we can accomplish the good we hope for, stimu9lates the system to act in the direction which Mind points out. The admission that any bodily condition is beyond the control of Mind disarms man, prevents him from 12helping himself, and enthrones matter through error. To those struggling with sickness, such admissions are discouraging, — as much so as would be the advice to a man 15who is down in the world, that he should not try to rise above his difficulties.

    Experience has proved to the author the fallacy of 18material systems in general, — that their theories are sometimes pernicious, and that their denials are better than their affirmations. Will you bid a man let evils 21overcome him, assuring him that all misfortunes are from God, against whom mortals should not contend? Will you tell the sick that their condition is hopeless, unless it 24can be aided by a drug or climate? Are material means the only refuge from fatal chances? Is there no divine permission to conquer discord of every kind with harmony, 27with Truth and Love?

    We should remember that Life is God, and that God Arguing wronglyis omnipotent. Not understanding Christian 30Science, the sick usually have little faith in it till they feel its beneficent influence. This shows that faith is not the healer in such cases. The sick 395 395:1unconsciously argue for suffering, instead of against it. They admit its reality, whereas they should deny it. 3They should plead in opposition to the testimony of the deceitful senses, and maintain man’s immortality and eternal likeness to God.

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