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443:1When the discoverer of Christian Science is consulted by her followers as to the propriety, advan3Study of medicinetage, and consistency of systematic medical study, she tries to show them that under ordinary circumstances a resort to faith in corporeal means 6tends to deter those, who make such a compromise, from entire confidence in omnipotent Mind as really possessing all power. While a course of medical study is at times 9severely condemned by some Scientists, she feels, as she always has felt, that all are privileged to work out their own salvation according to their light, and that our motto 12should be the Master’s counsel, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”

    If patients fail to experience the healing power of 15Christian Science, and think they can be benefited by Failure’s lessonscertain ordinary physical methods of medical treatment, then the Mind-physician should 18give up such cases, and leave invalids free to resort to whatever other systems they fancy will afford relief. Thus such invalids may learn the value of the apostolic 21precept: “Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” If the sick find these material expedients 444 444:1unsatisfactory, and they receive no help from them, these very failures may open their blind eyes. In some way, 3sooner or later, all must rise superior to materiality, and suffering is oft the divine agent in this elevation. “All things work together for good to them that love God,” is 6the dictum of Scripture.

    If Christian Scientists ever fail to receive aid from other Scientists, — their brethren upon whom they may 9Refuge and strengthcall, — God will still guide them into the right use of temporary and eternal means. Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge 12and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

    Students are advised by the author to be charitable and kind, not only towards differing forms of religion 15Charity to those opposedand medicine, but to those who hold these differing opinions. Let us be faithful in pointing the way through Christ, as we understand it, 18but let us also be careful always to “judge righteous judgment,” and never to condemn rashly. “Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” 21That is, Fear not that he will smite thee again for thy forbearance. If ecclesiastical sects or medical schools turn a deaf ear to the teachings of Christian Science, then part 24from these opponents as did Abraham when he parted from Lot, and say in thy heart: “Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herd27men and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.” Immortals, or God’s children in divine Science, are one harmonious family; but mortals, or the “children of men” in material 30sense, are discordant and ofttimes false brethren.

    The teacher must make clear to students the Science of healing, especially its ethics, — that all is Mind, and 445 445:1that the Scientist must conform to God’s requirements. Also the teacher must thoroughly fit his students to defend 3Conforming to explicit rulesthemselves against sin, and to guard against the attacks of the would-be mental assassin, who attempts to kill morally and physically. No 6hypothesis as to the existence of another power should interpose a doubt or fear to hinder the demonstration of Christian Science. Unfold the latent energies and capac9ities for good in your pupil. Teach the great possibilities of man endued with divine Science. Teach the dangerous possibility of dwarfing the spiritual understanding and 12demonstration of Truth by sin, or by recourse to material means for healing. Teach the meekness and might of life “hid with Christ in God,” and there will be no desire for 15other healing methods. You render the divine law of healing obscure and void, when you weigh the human in the scale with the divine, or limit in any direction of 18thought the omnipresence and omnipotence of God.

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