Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
The temperance reform, felt all over our land, results 18from metaphysical healing, which cuts down every tree Temperance reformthat brings not forth good fruit. This con‐viction, that there is no real pleasure in sin, 21is one of the most important points in the theology of Christian Science. Arouse the sinner to this new and true view of sin, show him that sin confers no pleasure, 24and this knowledge strengthens his moral courage and increases his ability to master evil and to love good.
Healing the sick and reforming the sinner are one and 27the same thing in Christian Science. Both cures require Sin or fear the root of sicknessthe same method and are inseparable in Truth. Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, 30make a man sick, and neither material medi‐cine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body, unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him 405 405:1from his destroyers. The basic error is mortal mind. Hatred inflames the brutal propensities. The indulgence 3of evil motives and aims makes any man, who is above the lowest type of manhood, a hopeless sufferer.
Christian Science commands man to master the pro‐6pensities, — to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, Mental conspiratorsto conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with hon‐9esty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success. They will deliver you 12to the judge, the arbiter of truth against error. The judge will deliver you to justice, and the sentence of the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and 15body. Both will be manacled until the last farthing is paid, — until you have balanced your account with God. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also 18reap.” The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin. This is sin’s necessity, — to destroy itself. Im‐mortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, 21in which is no power to sin.
It were better to be exposed to every plague on earth than to endure the cumulative effects of a guilty con‐24Cumulative repentancescience. The abiding consciousness of wrong-doing tends to destroy the ability to do right. If sin is not regretted and is not lessening, then it is 27hastening on to physical and moral doom. You are con‐quered by the moral penalties you incur and the ills they bring. The pains of sinful sense are less harmful than its 30pleasures. Belief in material suffering causes mortals to retreat from their error, to flee from body to Spirit, and to appeal to divine sources outside of themselves.
406:1 The Bible contains the recipe for all healing. “The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” 3The leaves of healingSin and sickness are both healed by the same Principle. The tree is typical of man’s divine Principle, which is equal to every emergency, offering 6full salvation from sin, sickness, and death. Sin will submit to Christian Science when, in place of modes and forms, the power of God is understood and demonstrated 9in the healing of mortals, both mind and body. “Per‐fect Love casteth out fear.”