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    That Christian Science is Christian, those who have demonstrated it, according to the rules of its divine 24Principle, — together with the sick, the lame, the deaf, and the blind, healed by it, — have proven to a waiting world. He who has not tested it, is incompetent to condemn it; 27and he who is a willing sinner, cannot demonstrate it.

    A falling apple suggested to Newton more than the simple fact cognized by the senses, to which it seemed 30to fall by reason of its own ponderosity; but the primal cause, or Mind-force, invisible to material sense, lay concealed in the treasure-troves of Science. True, 23 23:1Newton named it gravitation, having learned so much; but Science, demanding more, pushes the question: 3Whence or what is the power back of gravitation, — the intelligence that manifests power? Is pantheism true? Does mind “sleep in the mineral, or dream in the 6animal, and wake in man”? Christianity answers this question. The prophets, Jesus, and the apostles, demonstrated a divine intelligence that subordinates so-called 9material laws; and disease, death, winds, and waves, obey this intelligence. Was it Mind or matter that spake in creation, “and it was done”? The answer is self-12evident, and the command remains, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

    It is plain that the Me spoken of in the First Com15mandment, must be Mind; for matter is not the Christian’s God, and is not intelligent. Matter cannot even talk; and the serpent, Satan, the first talker in its behalf, 18lied. Reason and revelation declare that God is both noumenon and phenomena, — the first and only cause. The universe, including man, is not a result of atomic 21action, material force or energy; it is not organized dust. God, Spirit, Mind, are terms synonymous for the one God, whose reflection is creation, and man is His image 24and likeness. Few there are who comprehend what Christian Science means by the word reflection. God is seen only in that which reflects good, Life, Truth, Love —  27yea, which manifests all His attributes and power, even as the human likeness thrown upon the mirror repeats precisely the looks and actions of the object in front of it. 30All must be Mind and Mind’s ideas; since, according to natural science, God, Spirit, could not change its species and evolve matter.

24:1    These facts enjoin the First Commandment; and knowledge of them makes man spiritually minded. St. 3Paul writes: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” This knowledge came to me in an hour of great need; and I give it 6to you as death-bed testimony to the daystar that dawned on the night of material sense. This knowledge is practical, for it wrought my immediate recovery from 9an injury caused by an accident, and pronounced fatal by the physicians. On the third day thereafter, I called for my Bible, and opened it at Matthew ix. 2. As I 12read, the healing Truth dawned upon my sense; and the result was that I rose, dressed myself, and ever after was in better health than I had before enjoyed. That 15short experience included a glimpse of the great fact that I have since tried to make plain to others, namely, Life in and of Spirit; this Life being the sole reality of 18existence. I learned that mortal thought evolves a subjective state which it names matter, thereby shutting out the true sense of Spirit. Per contra, Mind and man 21are immortal; and knowledge gained from mortal sense is illusion, error, the opposite of Truth; therefore it cannot be true. A knowledge of both good and evil 24(when good is God, and God is All) is impossible. Speaking of the origin of evil, the Master said: “When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, 27and the father of it.” God warned man not to believe the talking serpent, or rather the allegory describing it. The Nazarene Prophet declared that his followers 30should handle serpents; that is, put down all subtle falsities or illusions, and thus destroy any supposed effect arising from false claims exercising their supposed power 25 25:1on the mind and body of man, against his holiness and health.

3    That there is but one God or Life, one cause and one effect, is the multum in parvo of Christian Science; and to my understanding it is the heart of Christianity, 6the religion that Jesus taught and demonstrated. In divine Science it is found that matter is a phase of error, and that neither one really exists, since God is 9Truth, and All-in-all. Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, in its direct application to human needs, confirms this conclusion.

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