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    A physician of the old school remarked with great 18gravity: “We know that mind affects the body someOld-school physicianwhat, and advise our patients to be hopeful and cheerful and to take as little medicine as 21possible; but mind can never cure organic difficulties.” The logic is lame, and facts contradict it. The author has cured what is termed organic disease as readily as she 24has cured purely functional disease, and with no power but the divine Mind.

    Since God, divine Mind, governs all, not partially but 27supremely, predicting disease does not dignify therapeutics. Tests in our dayWhatever guides thought spiritually benefits mind and body. We need to understand the 30affirmations of divine Science, dismiss superstition, and demonstrate truth according to Christ. To-day there is hardly a city, village, or hamlet, in which are not to 150 150:1be found living witnesses and monuments to the virtue and power of Truth, as applied through this Christian 3system of healing disease.

    To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demonstrated as an immanent, eternal Science, instead of a 6The main purposephenomenal exhibition. Its appearing is the coming anew of the gospel of “on earth peace, good-will toward men.” This coming, as was promised 9by the Master, is for its establishment as a permanent dispensation among men; but the mission of Christian Science now, as in the time of its earlier demonstration, 12is not primarily one of physical healing. Now, as then, signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical healing of physical disease; but these signs are only to demon15strate its divine origin, — to attest the reality of the higher mission of the Christ-power to take away the sins of the world.

18    The science (so-called) of physics would have one believe that both matter and mind are subject to disease, Exploded doctrineand that, too, in spite of the individual’s pro21test and contrary to the law of divine Mind. This human view infringes man’s free moral agency; and it is as evidently erroneous to the author, and will be to 24all others at some future day, as the practically rejected doctrine of the predestination of souls to damnation or salvation. The doctrine that man’s harmony is gov27erned by physical conditions all his earthly days, and that he is then thrust out of his own body by the operation of matter, — even the doctrine of the superiority of matter 30over Mind, — is fading out.

    The hosts of Æsculapius are flooding the world with diseases, because they are ignorant that the human mind 151 151:1and body are myths. To be sure, they sometimes treat the sick as if there was but one factor in the case; but 3Disease mentalthis one factor they represent to be body, not mind. Infinite Mind could not possibly create a remedy outside of itself, but erring, finite, human mind 6has an absolute need of something beyond itself for its redemption and healing.

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