Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
Christian Science never healed a patient without prov‐ing with mathematical certainty that error, when found 6out, is two-thirds destroyed, and the remaining third kills itself. Do men whine over a nest of serpents, and post around it placards warning people not to stir up 9these reptiles because they have stings? Christ said, “They shall take up serpents;” and, “Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” The wisdom 12of a serpent is to hide itself. The wisdom of God, as revealed in Christian Science, brings the serpent out of its hole, handles it, and takes away its sting. Good deeds 15are harmless. He who has faith in woman’s special adapt‐ability to lead on Christian Science, will not be shocked when she puts her foot on the head of the serpent, as it 18biteth at the heel.
Intemperance begets a belief of disordered brains, membranes, stomach, and nerves; and this belief serves 21to uncover and kill this lurking serpent, intemperance, that hides itself under the false pretense of human need, innocent enjoyment, and a medical prescription. The 24belief in venereal diseases tears the black mask from the shameless brow of licentiousness, torments its victim, and thus may save him from his destroyer.
27 Charity has the courage of conviction; it may suffer long, but has neither the cowardice nor the foolhardiness to cover iniquity. Charity is Love; and Love opens 30the eyes of the blind, rebukes error, and casts it out. Charity never flees before error, lest it should suffer from an encounter. Love your enemies, or you will not 211 211:1lose them; and if you love them, you will help to reform them.
3 Christ points the way of salvation. His mode is not cowardly, uncharitable, nor unwise, but it teaches mor‐tals to handle serpents and cast out evil. Our own vision 6must be clear to open the eyes of others, else the blind will lead the blind and both shall fall. The sickly charity that supplies criminals with bouquets has been dealt 9with summarily by the good judgment of people in the old Bay State. Inhuman medical bills, class legisla‐tion, and Salem witchcraft, are not indigenous to her 12soil.
“Out of the depths have I delivered thee.” The drowning man just rescued from the merciless wave is 15unconscious of suffering. Why, then, do you break his peace and cause him to suffer in coming to life? Because you wish to save him from death. Then, if a criminal 18is at peace, is he not to be pitied and brought back to life? Or, are you afraid to do this lest he suffer, trample on your pearls of thought, and turn on you and rend you? 21Cowardice is selfishness. When one protects himself at his neighbor’s cost, let him remember, “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it.” He risks nothing who obeys 24the law of God, and shall find the Life that cannot be lost.