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man's immortal Spirit to heavenly mercy, - Spirit
which is God Himself and Man's only lawgiver! Who or
what has sinned? Has the body or has Mortal Mind
committed a criminal deed? Counsellor False Belief has
argued that the body should die, while Reverend Theology
would console conscious Mortal Mind, which alone is capable
of sin and suffering. The body committed no offence.
Mortal Man, in obedience to higher law, helped his fellow-man,
an act which should result in good to himself as well
as to others.
The law of our Supreme Court decrees that whosoever
sinneth shall die; but good deeds are immortal, bringing
joy instead of grief, pleasure instead of pain, and life
instead of death. If liver-complaint was committed by
trampling on Laws of Health, this was a good deed, for the
agent of those laws is an outlaw, a destroyer of Mortal
Man's liberty and rights. Laws of Health should be sentenced
Watching beside the couch of pain in the exercise of a
love that "is the fulfilling of the law," - doing "unto
others as ye would that they should do unto you," - this
is no infringement of law, for no demand, human or divine,
renders it just to punish a man for acting justly. If mortals
sin, our Supreme Judge in equity decides what penalty
is due for the sin, and Mortal Man can suffer only for his
sin. For naught else can he be punished, according to the
law of Spirit, God.
Then what jurisdiction had his Honor, Judge Medicine,
in this case? To him I might say, in Bible language, "Sittest
thou to judge . . . after the law, and commandest . . .
to be smitten contrary to the law?" The only jurisdiction
to which the prisoner can submit is that of Truth, Life, and
Love. If they condemn him not, neither shall Judge Medicine
condemn him; and I ask that the prisoner be restored
to the liberty of which he has been unjustly deprived.