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    The baneful effect of evil associates is less seen than felt. The inoculation of evil human thoughts ought to 21Inoculation of thoughtbe understood and guarded against. The first impression, made on a mind which is attracted or repelled according to personal merit or de24merit, is a good detective of individual character. Certain minds meet only to separate through simultaneous repulsion. They are enemies without the preliminary 27offence. The impure are at peace with the impure. Only virtue is a rebuke to vice. A proper teacher of Christian Science improves the health and the morals of his 30student if the student practises what he is taught, and unless this result follows, the teacher is a Scientist only in name.

450:1    There is a large class of thinkers whose bigotry and conceit twist every fact to suit themselves. Their creed 3Three classes of neophytesteaches belief in a mysterious, supernatural God, and in a natural, all-powerful devil. Another class, still more unfortunate, are so depraved that 6they appear to be innocent. They utter a falsehood, while looking you blandly in the face, and they never fail to stab their benefactor in the back. A third class 9of thinkers build with solid masonry. They are sincere, generous, noble, and are therefore open to the approach and recognition of Truth. To teach Christian Science 12to such as these is no task. They do not incline longingly to error, whine over the demands of Truth, nor play the traitor for place and power.

15    Some people yield slowly to the touch of Truth. Few yield without a struggle, and many are reluctant to acTouchstone of Scienceknowledge that they have yielded; but un18less this admission is made, evil will boast itself above good. The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome 21them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good. Sickness to him is no less a temptation than is sin, and he heals them both by understanding 24God’s power over them. The Christian Scientist knows that they are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy.

27    Who, that has felt the perilous beliefs in life, substance, and intelligence separated from God, can say that there False claims annihilatedis no error of belief? Knowing the claim of 30animal magnetism, that all evil combines in the belief of life, substance, and intelligence in matter, electricity, animal nature, and organic life, who will deny 451 451:1that these are the errors which Truth must and will annihilate? Christian Scientists must live under the con3stant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be separate. They must renounce aggression, oppression and the pride of power. 6Christianity, with the crown of Love upon her brow, must be their queen of life.

    Students of Christian Science, who start with its letter 9and think to succeed without the spirit, will either make Treasure in heavenshipwreck of their faith or be turned sadly awry. They must not only seek, but strive, 12to enter the narrow path of Life, for “wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.” Man walks in the 15direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there will his heart be also. If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from be18neath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.

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