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murderer? The hands, without mortal mind to direct them,
could not commit a murder.
Courts and juries judge and sentence mortals in order
to restrain crime, to prevent deeds of violence or to punish
them. To say that these tribunals have no
jurisdiction over the carnal or mortal mind,
would be to contradict precedent and to admit that the
power of human law is restricted to matter, while mortal
mind, evil, which is the real outlaw, defies justice and is
recommended to mercy. Can matter commit a crime?
Can matter be punished? Can you separate the mentality
from the body over which courts hold jurisdiction?
Mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case;
and human law rightly estimates crime, and courts reasonably
pass sentence, according to the motive.
When our laws eventually take cognizance of mental
crime and no longer apply legal rulings wholly to physical
offences, these words of Judge Parmenter of
Boston will become historic: "I see no reason
why metaphysics is not as important to medicine as to
mechanics or mathematics."
(Evil let loose)
Whoever uses his developed mental powers like an escaped
felon to commit fresh atrocities as opportunity occurs
is never safe. God will arrest him. Divine
justice will manacle him. His sins will
be millstones about his neck, weighing him down to the
depths of ignominy and death. The aggravation of error
foretells its doom, and confirms the ancient axiom:
"Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."
The distance from ordinary medical practice
to Christian Science is full many a league
in the line of light; but to go in healing from the use of