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pastors, whom they have seen and have been taught
to love and to trust?
Let any clergyman try to cure his friends by their
faith in him. Will that faith heal them? Yet Scientists
will take the same cases, and cures will follow.
Is this because the patients have more faith in the Scientist
than in their pastor? I have healed infidels whose
only objection to this method was, that I as a Christian
Scientist believed in the Holy Spirit, while they, the
patients, did not.
Even though you aver that the material senses are
indispensable to man's existence or entity, you must
change the human concept of life, and must at length
know yourself spiritually and scientifically. The evidence
of the existence of Spirit, Soul, is palpable only to
spiritual sense, and is not apparent to the material senses,
which cognize only that which is the opposite of Spirit.
True Christianity is to be honored wherever found,
but when shall we arrive at the goal which that word
implies? From Puritan parents, the discoverer
of Christian Science early received her
religious education. In childhood, she often listened
with joy to these words, falling from the lips of her
saintly mother, "God is able to raise you up from sickness;"
"and she pondered the meaning of that Scripture
she so often quotes: "And these signs shall follow them
that believe; . . . they shall lay hands on the sick,
and they shall recover."
(Two different artists)
A Christian Scientist and an opponent are like two
artists. One says: "I have spiritual ideals,
indestructible and glorious. When others see
them as I do, in their true light and loveliness, - and