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398:1 Sometimes Jesus called a disease by name, as when he said to the epileptic boy, “Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I 3Naming maladies charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.” It is added that “the spirit [error] cried, and rent him sore and came out of him, and 6he was as one dead,” — clear evidence that the malady was not material. These instances show the concessions which Jesus was willing to make to the popular ignorance 9of spiritual Life-laws. Often he gave no name to the distemper he cured. To the synagogue ruler’s daughter, whom they called dead but of whom he said, “she is not 12dead, but sleepeth,” he simply said, “Damsel, I say unto thee, arise!” To the sufferer with the withered hand he said, “Stretch forth thine hand,” and it “was restored 15whole, like as the other.”
Homœopathic remedies, sometimes not containing a particle of medicine, are known to relieve the symptoms 18The action of faithof disease. What produces the change? It is the faith of the doctor and the patient, which reduces self-inflicted sufferings and produces a new effect 21upon the body. In like manner destroy the illusion of pleasure in intoxication, and the desire for strong drink is gone. Appetite and disease reside in mortal mind, not 24in matter.
So also faith, cooperating with a belief in the healing effects of time and medication, will soothe fear and change 27the belief of disease to a belief of health. Even a blind faith removes bodily ailments for a season, but hypnotism changes such ills into new and more difficult forms of dis‐30ease. The Science of Mind must come to the rescue, to work a radical cure. Then we understand the process. The great fact remains that evil is not mind. Evil has 399 399:1no power, no intelligence, for God is good, and therefore good is infinite, is All.
3 You say that certain material combinations produce disease; but if the material body causes disease, can Corporeal combinationsmatter cure what matter has caused? Mortal 6mind prescribes the drug, and administers it. Mortal mind plans the exercise, and puts the body through certain motions. No gastric gas accumulates, not a se‐9cretion nor combination can operate, apart from the action of mortal thought, alias mortal mind.
So-called mortal mind sends its despatches over its 12body, but this so-called mind is both the service and Automatic mechanismmessage of this telegraphy. Nerves are un‐able to talk, and matter can return no an‐15swer to immortal Mind. If Mind is the only actor, how can mechanism be automatic? Mortal mind perpetuates its own thought. It constructs a machine, manages it, 18and then calls it material. A mill at work or the action of a water-wheel is but a derivative from, and continua‐tion of, the primitive mortal mind. Without this force 21the body is devoid of action, and this deadness shows that so-called mortal life is mortal mind, not matter.