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There is no connection between Spirit and matter. 9Spirit never entered and it never escaped from matter; good and evil never dwelt together. There is in reality but the good: Truth is the real; error, the unreal. We 12cannot put the new wine into old bottles. If that could be done, the world would accept our sentiments; it would will‐ingly adopt the new idea, if that idea could be reconciled 15with the old belief; it would put the new wine into the old bottle if it could prevent its effervescing and keep it from popping out until it became popular.
18 The doctrine of atonement never did anything for sick‐ness or claimed to reach that woe; but Jesus’ mission extended to the sick as much as to the sinner: he estab‐21lished his Messiahship on the basis that Christ, Truth, heals the sick. Pride, appetites, passions, envy, and malice will cease to assert their Cæsar sway when metaphysics is 24understood; and religion at the sick-bed will be no blind Samson shorn of his locks. You must admit that what is termed death has been produced by a belief alone. The 27Oxford students proved this: they killed a man by no other means than making him believe he was bleeding to death. 19 19:1A felon was delivered to them for experiment to test the power of mind over body; and they did test it, and proved 3it. They proved it not in part, but as a whole; they proved that every organ of the system, every function of the body, is governed directly and entirely by mind, else 6those functions could not have been stopped by mind in‐dependently of material conditions. Had they changed the felon’s belief that he was bleeding to death, removed 9the bandage from his eyes, and he had seen that a vein had not been opened, he would have resuscitated. The illusive origin of disease is not an exception to the origin of all 12mortal things. Spirit is causation, and the ancient ques‐tion, Which is first, the egg or the bird? is answered by the Scripture, He made “every plant of the field before it 15was in the earth.”
Heaven’s signet is Love. We need it to stamp our re‐ligions and to spiritualize thought, motive, and endeavor. 18Tireless Being, patient of man’s procrastination, affords him fresh opportunities every hour; but if Science makes a more spiritual demand, bidding man go up higher, he is 21impatient perhaps, or doubts the feasibility of the demand. But let us work more earnestly in His vineyard, and accord‐ing to the model on the mount, bearing the cross meekly 24along the rugged way, into the wilderness, up the steep ascent, on to heaven, making our words golden rays in the sunlight of our deeds; and “these signs shall follow them 27that believe; . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
20:1 The following hymn was sung at the close: — “Oh, could we speak the matchless worth, 3Oh, could we sound the glories forth, Which in our Saviour shine, We’d soar and touch the heavenly strings, 6And vie with Gabriel, while he sings, In notes almost divine.”