Science and Health


Chapter XIII

Teaching Christian Science
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. —  Proverbs.

443:1When the discoverer of Christian Science is consulted by her followers as to the propriety, advan3Study of medicinetage, and consistency of systematic medical study, she tries to show them that under ordinary circumstances a resort to faith in corporeal means 6tends to deter those, who make such a compromise, from entire confidence in omnipotent Mind as really possessing all power. While a course of medical study is at times 9severely condemned by some Scientists, she feels, as she always has felt, that all are privileged to work out their own salvation according to their light, and that our motto 12should be the Master’s counsel, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”

    If patients fail to experience the healing power of 15Christian Science, and think they can be benefited by Failure’s lessonscertain ordinary physical methods of medical treatment, then the Mind-physician should 18give up such cases, and leave invalids free to resort to whatever other systems they fancy will afford relief. Thus such invalids may learn the value of the apostolic 21precept: “Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” If the sick find these material expedients 444 444:1unsatisfactory, and they receive no help from them, these very failures may open their blind eyes. In some way, 3sooner or later, all must rise superior to materiality, and suffering is oft the divine agent in this elevation. “All things work together for good to them that love God,” is 6the dictum of Scripture.

    If Christian Scientists ever fail to receive aid from other Scientists, — their brethren upon whom they may 9Refuge and strengthcall, — God will still guide them into the right use of temporary and eternal means. Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge 12and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

    Students are advised by the author to be charitable and kind, not only towards differing forms of religion 15Charity to those opposedand medicine, but to those who hold these differing opinions. Let us be faithful in pointing the way through Christ, as we understand it, 18but let us also be careful always to “judge righteous judgment,” and never to condemn rashly. “Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” 21That is, Fear not that he will smite thee again for thy forbearance. If ecclesiastical sects or medical schools turn a deaf ear to the teachings of Christian Science, then part 24from these opponents as did Abraham when he parted from Lot, and say in thy heart: “Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herd27men and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.” Immortals, or God’s children in divine Science, are one harmonious family; but mortals, or the “children of men” in material 30sense, are discordant and ofttimes false brethren.

    The teacher must make clear to students the Science of healing, especially its ethics, — that all is Mind, and 445 445:1that the Scientist must conform to God’s requirements. Also the teacher must thoroughly fit his students to defend 3Conforming to explicit rulesthemselves against sin, and to guard against the attacks of the would-be mental assassin, who attempts to kill morally and physically. No 6hypothesis as to the existence of another power should interpose a doubt or fear to hinder the demonstration of Christian Science. Unfold the latent energies and capac9ities for good in your pupil. Teach the great possibilities of man endued with divine Science. Teach the dangerous possibility of dwarfing the spiritual understanding and 12demonstration of Truth by sin, or by recourse to material means for healing. Teach the meekness and might of life “hid with Christ in God,” and there will be no desire for 15other healing methods. You render the divine law of healing obscure and void, when you weigh the human in the scale with the divine, or limit in any direction of 18thought the omnipresence and omnipotence of God.

    Christian Science silences human will, quiets fear with Truth and Love, and illustrates the unlabored motion 21Divine energyof the divine energy in healing the sick. Self-seeking, envy, passion, pride, hatred, and revenge are cast out by the divine Mind which heals 24disease. The human will which maketh and worketh a lie, hiding the divine Principle of harmony, is destructive to health, and is the cause of disease rather than its cure.

27    There is great danger in teaching Mind-healing indiscriminately, thus disregarding the morals of the student Blight of avariceand caring only for the fees. Recalling Jeffer30son’s words about slavery, “I tremble, when I remember that God is just,” the author trembles whenever she sees a man, for the petty consideration of money, 446 446:1teaching his slight knowledge of Mind-power, — perhaps communicating his own bad morals, and in this way 3dealing pitilessly with a community unprepared for self-defence.

    A thorough perusal of the author’s publications heals 6sickness. If patients sometimes seem worse while reading this book, the change may either arise from the alarm of the physician, or it may mark the crisis of the disease. 9Perseverance in the perusal of the book has generally completely healed such cases.

    Whoever practises the Science the author teaches, 12through which Mind pours light and healing upon this Exclusion of malpracticegeneration, can practise on no one from sinister or malicious motives without destroying 15his own power to heal and his own health. Good must dominate in the thoughts of the healer, or his demonstration is protracted, dangerous, and impossible in Sci18ence. A wrong motive involves defeat. In the Science of Mind-healing, it is imperative to be honest, for victory rests on the side of immutable right. To understand 21God strengthens hope, enthrones faith in Truth, and verifies Jesus’ word: “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

24    Resisting evil, you overcome it and prove its nothingness. Not human platitudes, but divine beatitudes, reIniquity overcomeflect the spiritual light and might which heal 27the sick. The exercise of will brings on a hypnotic state, detrimental to health and integrity of thought. This must therefore be watched and guarded 30against. Covering iniquity will prevent prosperity and the ultimate triumph of any cause. Ignorance of the error to be eradicated oftentimes subjects you to its abuse.


447:1    The heavenly law is broken by trespassing upon man’s individual right of self-government. We have no 3No trespass on human rightsauthority in Christian Science and no moral right to attempt to influence the thoughts of others, except it be to benefit them. In men6tal practice you must not forget that erring human opinions, conflicting selfish motives, and ignorant attempts to do good may render you incapable of knowing or 9judging accurately the need of your fellow-men. Therefore the rule is, heal the sick when called upon for aid, and save the victims of the mental assassins.

12    Ignorance, subtlety, or false charity does not forever conceal error; evil will in time disclose and punExpose sin without believing in itish itself. The recuperative action of the 15system, when mentally sustained by Truth, goes on naturally. When sin or sickness — the reverse of harmony — seems true to material sense, 18impart without frightening or discouraging the patient the truth and spiritual understanding, which destroy disease. Expose and denounce the claims of 21evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them. A sinner is not reformed merely by assuring him that he cannot be a sinner because 24there is no sin. To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the mask, point out the illusion, and thus get the victory over sin and so prove 27its unreality. The sick are not healed merely by declaring there is no sickness, but by knowing that there is none.

30    A sinner is afraid to cast the first stone. He may say, as a subterfuge, that evil is unreal, but to know it, he must demonstrate his statement. To assume that 448 448:1there are no claims of evil and yet to indulge them, is a moral offence. Blindness and self-righteousness cling 3Wicked evasionsfast to iniquity. When the Publican’s wail went out to the great heart of Love, it won his humble desire. Evil which obtains in the bodily senses, 6but which the heart condemns, has no foundation; but if evil is uncondemned, it is undenied and nurtured. Under such circumstances, to say that there is no evil, is an evil 9in itself. When needed tell the truth concerning the lie. Evasion of Truth cripples integrity, and casts thee down from the pinnacle.

12    Christian Science rises above the evidence of the corporeal senses; but if you have not risen above sin yourTruth’s grand resultsself, do not congratulate yourself upon your 15blindness to evil or upon the good you know and do not. A dishonest position is far from Christianly scientific. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: 18but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Try to leave on every student’s mind the strong impress of divine Science, a high sense of the moral and 21spiritual qualifications requisite for healing, well knowing it to be impossible for error, evil, and hate to accomplish the grand results of Truth and Love. The reception or 24pursuit of instructions opposite to absolute Christian Science must always hinder scientific demonstration.

    If the student adheres strictly to the teachings of Chris27tian Science and ventures not to break its rules, he canAdherence to righteousnessnot fail of success in healing. It is Christian Science to do right, and nothing short of right-30doing has any claim to the name. To talk the right and live the wrong is foolish deceit, doing one’s self the most harm. Fettered by sin yourself, it is difficult to free 449 449:1another from the fetters of disease. With your own wrists manacled, it is hard to break another’s chains. A little 3leaven causes the whole mass to ferment. A grain of Christian Science does wonders for mortals, so omnipotent is Truth, but more of Christian Science must be 6gained in order to continue in well doing.

    The wrong done another reacts most heavily against one’s self. Right adjusts the balance sooner or later. 9Right adjusts the balanceThink it “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,” than for you to benefit yourself by injuring others. Man’s moral mercury, ris12ing or falling, registers his healing ability and fitness to teach. You should practise well what you know, and you will then advance in proportion to your honesty 15and fidelity, — qualities which insure success in this Science; but it requires a higher understanding to teach this subject properly and correctly than it does to heal 18the most difficult case.

    The baneful effect of evil associates is less seen than felt. The inoculation of evil human thoughts ought to 21Inoculation of thoughtbe understood and guarded against. The first impression, made on a mind which is attracted or repelled according to personal merit or de24merit, is a good detective of individual character. Certain minds meet only to separate through simultaneous repulsion. They are enemies without the preliminary 27offence. The impure are at peace with the impure. Only virtue is a rebuke to vice. A proper teacher of Christian Science improves the health and the morals of his 30student if the student practises what he is taught, and unless this result follows, the teacher is a Scientist only in name.


450:1    There is a large class of thinkers whose bigotry and conceit twist every fact to suit themselves. Their creed 3Three classes of neophytesteaches belief in a mysterious, supernatural God, and in a natural, all-powerful devil. Another class, still more unfortunate, are so depraved that 6they appear to be innocent. They utter a falsehood, while looking you blandly in the face, and they never fail to stab their benefactor in the back. A third class 9of thinkers build with solid masonry. They are sincere, generous, noble, and are therefore open to the approach and recognition of Truth. To teach Christian Science 12to such as these is no task. They do not incline longingly to error, whine over the demands of Truth, nor play the traitor for place and power.

15    Some people yield slowly to the touch of Truth. Few yield without a struggle, and many are reluctant to acTouchstone of Scienceknowledge that they have yielded; but un18less this admission is made, evil will boast itself above good. The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome 21them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good. Sickness to him is no less a temptation than is sin, and he heals them both by understanding 24God’s power over them. The Christian Scientist knows that they are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy.

27    Who, that has felt the perilous beliefs in life, substance, and intelligence separated from God, can say that there False claims annihilatedis no error of belief? Knowing the claim of 30animal magnetism, that all evil combines in the belief of life, substance, and intelligence in matter, electricity, animal nature, and organic life, who will deny 451 451:1that these are the errors which Truth must and will annihilate? Christian Scientists must live under the con3stant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be separate. They must renounce aggression, oppression and the pride of power. 6Christianity, with the crown of Love upon her brow, must be their queen of life.

    Students of Christian Science, who start with its letter 9and think to succeed without the spirit, will either make Treasure in heavenshipwreck of their faith or be turned sadly awry. They must not only seek, but strive, 12to enter the narrow path of Life, for “wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.” Man walks in the 15direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there will his heart be also. If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from be18neath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.

    Every Christian Scientist, every conscientious teacher of the Science of Mind-healing, knows that human will 21Obligations of teachersis not Christian Science, and he must recognize this in order to defend himself from the influence of human will. He feels morally obligated to 24open the eyes of his students that they may perceive the nature and methods of error of every sort, especially any subtle degree of evil, deceived and deceiving. All mental 27malpractice arises from ignorance or malice aforethought. It is the injurious action of one mortal mind controlling another from wrong motives, and it is practised either 30with a mistaken or a wicked purpose.

    Show your student that mental malpractice tends to blast moral sense, health, and the human life. Instruct 452 452:1him how to bar the door of his thought against this seeming power, — a task not difficult, when one under3Indispensable defencestands that evil has in reality no power. Incorrect reasoning leads to practical error. The wrong thought should be arrested before it has a 6chance to manifest itself.

    Walking in the light, we are accustomed to the light and require it; we cannot see in darkness. But eyes ac9Egotistic darknesscustomed to darkness are pained by the light. When outgrowing the old, you should not fear to put on the new. Your advancing course may pro12voke envy, but it will also attract respect. When error confronts you, withhold not the rebuke or the explanation which destroys error. Never breathe an immoral 15atmosphere, unless in the attempt to purify it. Better is the frugal intellectual repast with contentment and virtue, than the luxury of learning with egotism and vice.

18    Right is radical. The teacher must know the truth himself. He must live it and love it, or he cannot impart Unwarranted expectationsit to others. We soil our garments with con21servatism, and afterwards we must wash them clean. When the spiritual sense of Truth unfolds its harmonies, you take no risks in the policy of error. Ex24pect to heal simply by repeating the author’s words, by right talking and wrong acting, and you will be disappointed. Such a practice does not demonstrate the 27Science by which divine Mind heals the sick.

    Acting from sinful motives destroys your power of healing from the right motive. On the other hand, if 30Reliable authorityyou had the inclination or power to practise wrongly and then should adopt Christian Science, the wrong power would be destroyed. You do 453 453:1not deny the mathematician’s right to distinguish the correct from the incorrect among the examples on the black3board, nor disbelieve the musician when he distinguishes concord from discord. In like manner it should be granted that the author understands what she is saying.

6    Right and wrong, truth and error, will be at strife in the minds of students, until victory rests on the side of Winning the fieldinvincible truth. Mental chemicalization fol9lows the explanation of Truth, and a higher basis is thus won; but with some individuals the morbid moral or physical symptoms constantly reappear. I 12 have never witnessed so decided effects from the use of material remedies as from the use of spiritual.

    Teach your student that he must know himself be15fore he can know others and minister to human needs. Knowledge and honestyHonesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help. 18You uncover sin, not in order to injure, but in order to bless the corporeal man; and a right motive has its reward. Hidden sin is spiritual wickedness in high 21places. The masquerader in this Science thanks God that there is no evil, yet serves evil in the name of good.

24    You should treat sickness mentally just as you would sin, except that you must not tell the patient that he is Metaphysical treatmentsick nor give names to diseases, for such a 27course increases fear, the foundation of disease, and impresses more deeply the wrong mind-picture. A Christian Scientist’s medicine is Mind, the divine Truth 30 that makes man free. A Christian Scientist never recommends material hygiene, never manipulates. He does not trespass on the rights of mind nor can he practise 454 454:1animal magnetism or hypnotism. It need not be added that the use of tobacco or intoxicating drinks is not in 3harmony with Christian Science.

    Teach your students the omnipotence of Truth, which illustrates the impotence of error. The understanding, 6Impotence of hateeven in a degree, of the divine All-power destroys fear, and plants the feet in the true path,  — the path which leads to the house built without hands 9“eternal in the heavens.” Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom. Love is enthroned. That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, 12is the doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips all disguise from error.

    He, who understands in a sufficient degree the Princi15ple of Mind-healing, points out to his student error as Love the incentivewell as truth, the wrong as well as the right practice. Love for God and man is the true 18incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to 21speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth. Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. 24Patience must “have her perfect work.”

    Do not dismiss students at the close of a class term, feeling that you have no more to do for them. Let your 27Continuity of interestloving care and counsel support all their feeble footsteps, until your students tread firmly in the straight and narrow way. The superiority of spir30itual power over sensuous is the central point of Christian Science. Remember that the letter and mental argument are only human auxiliaries to aid in bringing 455 455:1thought into accord with the spirit of Truth and Love, which heals the sick and the sinner.

3    A mental state of self-condemnation and guilt or a faltering and doubting trust in Truth are unsuitable Weakness and guiltconditions for healing the sick. Such mental 6states indicate weakness instead of strength. Hence the necessity of being right yourself in order to teach this Science of healing. You must utilize the moral 9might of Mind in order to walk over the waves of error and support your claims by demonstration. If you are yourself lost in the belief and fear of disease or sin, and 12if, knowing the remedy, you fail to use the energies of Mind in your own behalf, you can exercise little or no power for others’ help. “First cast out the beam out 15of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

    The student, who receives his knowledge of Christian 18Science, or metaphysical healing, from a human teacher, The trust of the All-wisemay be mistaken in judgment and demonstration, but God cannot mistake. God selects 21for the highest service one who has grown into such a fitness for it as renders any abuse of the mission an impossibility. The All-wise does not bestow His highest 24trusts upon the unworthy. When He commissions a messenger, it is one who is spiritually near Himself. No person can misuse this mental power, if he is taught of God 27to discern it.

    This strong point in Christian Science is not to be overlooked, — that the same fountain cannot send forth 30Integrity assuredboth sweet waters and bitter. The higher your attainment in the Science of mental healing and teaching, the more impossible it will be456456:1come for you intentionally to influence mankind adverse to its highest hope and achievement.

3    Teaching or practising in the name of Truth, but contrary to its spirit or rules, is most dangerous quackery. Chicanery impossibleStrict adherence to the divine Principle and 6rules of the scientific method has secured the only success of the students of Christian Science. This alone entitles them to the high standing which 9most of them hold in the community, a reputation experimentally justified by their efforts. Whoever affirms that there is more than one Principle and method 12of demonstrating Christian Science greatly errs, ignorantly or intentionally, and separates himself from the true conception of Christian Science healing and from 15its possible demonstration.

    Any dishonesty in your theory and practice betrays a gross ignorance of the method of the Christ-cure. Science 18No dishonest concessions makes no concessions to persons or opinions. One must abide in the morale of truth or he cannot demonstrate the divine Principle. So long as 21matter is the basis of practice, illness cannot be efficaciously treated by the metaphysical process. Truth does the work, and you must both understand and abide by the 24divine Principle of your demonstration.

    A Christian Scientist requires my work Science and Health for his textbook, and so do all his students and 27This volume indispensablepatients. Why? First: Because it is the voice of Truth to this age, and contains the full statement of Christian Science, or the Science of healing 30through Mind. Second: Because it was the first book known, containing a thorough statement of Christian Science. Hence it gave the first rules for demonstrating 457 457:1this Science, and registered the revealed Truth uncontaminated by human hypotheses. Other works, which 3have borrowed from this book without giving it credit, have adulterated the Science. Third: Because this book has done more for teacher and student, for healer and 6patient, than has been accomplished by other books.

    Since the divine light of Christian Science first dawned upon the author, she has never used this newly discovered 9Purity of sciencepower in any direction which she fears to have fairly understood. Her prime object, since entering this field of labor, has been to prevent suffering, 12not to produce it. That we cannot scientifically both cure and cause disease is self-evident. In the legend of the shield, which led to a quarrel between two knights 15because each of them could see but one face of it, both sides were beautiful according to their degree; but to mental malpractice, prolific of evil, there is no good as18pect, either silvern or golden.

    Christian Science is not an exception to the general rule, that there is no excellence without labor in a direct 21Backsliders and mistakesline. One cannot scatter his fire, and at the same time hit the mark. To pursue other vocations and advance rapidly in the demonstration of 24this Science, is not possible. Departing from Christian Science, some learners commend diet and hygiene. They even practise these, intending thereby to initiate 27the cure which they mean to complete with Mind, as if the non-intelligent could aid Mind! The Scientist’s demonstration rests on one Principle, and there must 30and can be no opposite rule. Let this Principle be applied to the cure of disease without exploiting other means.


458:1    Mental quackery rests on the same platform as all other quackery. The chief plank in this platform is the 3Mental charlatanismdoctrine that Science has two principles in partnership, one good and the other evil, — one spiritual, the other material, — and that these two 6may be simultaneously at work on the sick. This theory is supposed to favor practice from both a mental and a material standpoint. Another plank in the plat9form is this, that error will finally have the same effect as truth.

    It is anything but scientifically Christian to think of 12aiding the divine Principle of healing or of trying to susDivinity ever readytain the human body until the divine Mind is ready to take the case. Divinity is always 15ready. Semper paratus is Truth’s motto. Having seen so much suffering from quackery, the author desires to keep it out of Christian Science. The two-edged sword 18of Truth must turn in every direction to guard “the tree of life.”

    Sin makes deadly thrusts at the Christian Scientist as 21ritualism and creed are summoned to give place to higher The panoply of wisdomlaw, but Science will ameliorate mortal malice. The Christianly scientific man reflects the 24divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself. He does violence to no man. Neither is he a false accuser. The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is hon27est and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind. He must prove, through living as well as healing and teaching, that Christ’s way is the only one 30by which mortals are radically saved from sin and sickness.

    Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter 459 459:1to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then appropriates those things which “eye hath 3Advancement by sacrificenot seen nor ear heard.” Paul and John had a clear apprehension that, as mortal man achieves no worldly honors except by sacrifice, 6so he must gain heavenly riches by forsaking all worldliness. Then he will have nothing in common with the worldling’s affections, motives, and aims. Judge not the 9future advancement of Christian Science by the steps already taken, lest you yourself be condemned for failing to take the first step.

12    Any attempt to heal mortals with erring mortal mind, instead of resting on the omnipotence of the divine Dangerous knowledgeMind, must prove abortive. Committing the 15bare process of mental healing to frail mortals, untaught and unrestrained by Christian Science, is like putting a sharp knife into the hands of a blind 18man or a raging maniac, and turning him loose in the crowded streets of a city. Whether animated by malice or ignorance, a false practitioner will work mis21chief, and ignorance is more harmful than wilful wickedness, when the latter is distrusted and thwarted in its incipiency.

24    To mortal sense Christian Science seems abstract, but the process is simple and the results are sure if the Science Certainty of resultsis understood. The tree must be good, which 27produces good fruit. Guided by divine Truth and not guesswork, the theologus (that is, the student — the Christian and scientific expounder — of the divine 30law) treats disease with more certain results than any other healer on the globe. The Christian Scientist should understand and adhere strictly to the rules of divine meta460460:1physics as laid down in this work, and rest his demonstration on this sure basis.

3    Ontology is defined as “the science of the necessary constituents and relations of all beings,” and it underOntology definedlies all metaphysical practice. Our system of 6Mind-healing rests on the apprehension of the nature and essence of all being, — on the divine Mind and Love’s essential qualities. Its pharmacy is moral, 9and its medicine is intellectual and spiritual, though used for physical healing. Yet this most fundamental part of metaphysics is the one most difficult to understand and 12demonstrate, for to the material thought all is material, till such thought is rectified by Spirit.

    Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal, — that is, 15to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness Mischievous imaginationis more than fancy; it is solid conviction. It is therefore to be dealt with through right ap18prehension of the truth of being. If Christian healing is abused by mere smatterers in Science, it becomes a tedious mischief-maker. Instead of scientifically effect21ing a cure, it starts a petty crossfire over every cripple and invalid, buffeting them with the superficial and cold assertion, “Nothing ails you.”

24    When the Science of Mind was a fresh revelation to the author, she had to impart, while teaching its grand Author’s early instructionsfacts, the hue of spiritual ideas from her own 27spiritual condition, and she had to do this orally through the meagre channel afforded by language and by her manuscript circulated among the students. As for30mer beliefs were gradually expelled from her thought, the teaching became clearer, until finally the shadow of old errors was no longer cast upon divine Science.


461:1    I do not maintain that anyone can exist in the flesh without food and raiment; but I do believe that the 3Proof by inductionreal man is immortal and that he lives in Spirit, not matter. Christian Science must be accepted at this period by induction. We admit the 6whole, because a part is proved and that part illustrates and proves the entire Principle. Christian Science can be taught only by those who are morally advanced and 9spiritually endowed, for it is not superficial, nor is it discerned from the standpoint of the human senses. Only by the illumination of the spiritual sense, can 12the light of understanding be thrown upon this Science, because Science reverses the evidence before the material senses and furnishes the eternal interpretation of God and 15man.

    If you believe that you are sick, should you say, “I am sick”? No, but you should tell your belief sometimes, 18if this be requisite to protect others. If you commit a crime, should you acknowledge to yourself that you are a criminal? Yes. Your responses should differ because 21of the different effects they produce. Usually to admit that you are sick, renders your case less curable, while to recognize your sin, aids in destroying it. Both sin and 24sickness are error, and Truth is their remedy. The truth regarding error is, that error is not true, hence it is unreal. To prove scientifically the error or unreality of sin, you 27must first see the claim of sin, and then destroy it. Whereas, to prove scientifically the error or unreality of disease, you must mentally unsee the disease; then you 30will not feel it, and it is destroyed.

    Systematic teaching and the student’s spiritual growth and experience in practice are requisite for a thorough 462 462:1comprehension of Christian Science. Some individuals assimilate truth more readily than others, but any 3Rapidity of assimilationstudent, who adheres to the divine rules of Christian Science and imbibes the spirit of Christ, can demonstrate Christian Science, cast out 6error, heal the sick, and add continually to his store of spiritual understanding, potency, enlightenment, and success.

9    If the student goes away to practise Truth’s teachings only in part, dividing his interests between God and Divided loyaltymammon and substituting his own views for 12Truth, he will inevitably reap the error he sows. Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every state15ment, and advance from the rudiments laid down. There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and 18persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life.

    Anatomy, when conceived of spiritually, is mental self-21knowledge, and consists in the dissection of thoughts to Anatomy defineddiscover their quality, quantity, and origin. Are thoughts divine or human? That is the 24important question. This branch of study is indispensable to the excision of error. The anatomy of Christian Science teaches when and how to probe the self-in27flicted wounds of selfishness, malice, envy, and hate. It teaches the control of mad ambition. It unfolds the hallowed influences of unselfishness, philanthropy, spir30itual love. It urges the government of the body both in health and in sickness. The Christian Scientist, through understanding mental anatomy, discerns and 463 463:1deals with the real cause of disease. The material physician gropes among phenomena, which fluctuate every in3stant under influences not embraced in his diagnosis, and so he may stumble and fall in the darkness.

    Teacher and student should also be familiar with the 6obstetrics taught by this Science. To attend properly Scientific obstetricsthe birth of the new child, or divine idea, you should so detach mortal thought from its 9material conceptions, that the birth will be natural and safe. Though gathering new energy, this idea cannot injure its useful surroundings in the travail of spiritual 12birth. A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive. The new idea, conceived and born of Truth and Love, is 15clad in white garments. Its beginning will be meek, its growth sturdy, and its maturity undecaying. When this new birth takes place, the Christian Science infant 18is born of the Spirit, born of God, and can cause the mother no more suffering. By this we know that Truth is here and has fulfilled its perfect work.

21    To decide quickly as to the proper treatment of error — whether error is manifested in forms of sickness, sin, Unhesitating decisionor death — is the first step towards destroy24ing error. Our Master treated error through Mind. He never enjoined obedience to the laws of nature, if by these are meant laws of matter, nor did he use drugs. 27There is a law of God applicable to healing, and it is a spiritual law instead of material. The sick are not healed by inanimate matter or drugs, as they believe that they 30are. Such seeming medical effect or action is that of so-called mortal mind.

    It has been said to the author, “The world is bene464464:1fited by you, but it feels your influence without seeing you. Why do you not make yourself more widely 3Seclusion of the authorknown?” Could her friends know how little time the author has had, in which to make herself outwardly known except through her laborious 6publications, — and how much time and toil are still required to establish the stately operations of Christian Science, — they would understand why she is so secluded. 9Others could not take her place, even if willing so to do. She therefore remains unseen at her post, seeking no self-aggrandizement but praying, watching, and working for 12the redemption of mankind.

    If from an injury or from any cause, a Christian Scientist were seized with pain so violent that he could not 15treat himself mentally, — and the Scientists had failed to relieve him, — the sufferer could call a surgeon, who would give him a hypodermic injection, then, when the 18belief of pain was lulled, he could handle his own case mentally. Thus it is that we “prove all things; [and] hold fast that which is good.”

21    In founding a pathological system of Christianity, the author has labored to expound divine Principle, and not The right motive and its rewardto exalt personality. The weapons of bigotry, 24ignorance, envy, fall before an honest heart. Adulterating Christian Science, makes it void. Falsity has no foundation. “The hireling fleeth, because 27he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.” Neither dishonesty nor ignorance ever founded, nor can they overthrow a scientific system of ethics.