The immature thought of many students is doubtless responsible in no small degree for prevalent misconceptions which tend to prejudice people against Christian Science and to blind their eyes to a just recognition of the great good it is accomplishing throughout the world.
If the winds did but store the sighings and sobbings of the sad hearts of all the ages, and did the clouds but hold the bitter tears wrung from the eyes of the countless millions who have fretted through a futile material existence, then, surely, joy could breathe no more in such a burdened air, and sensual pleasures would be drowned in floods of rain, salt anguish.
As the spiritual concept of substance appears to us, we see how often the seeming power of self-mesmerism has excluded us, like "gates of brass" and "bars of iron," from many advantages,—from the opportunity to work, from happiness, and from the privilege of bestowing happiness upon others.
It is stated in the Scriptures that God visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Him, and that He shows mercy unto thousands that love Him and "keep" His "commandments.
We fail to see any good grounds for the enactment of laws prohibiting Christian Science healers from practising, or charging fees for their services, or prohibiting people from employing them if they wish to do so.
If it is reasonable to blame Christian Science for its failures, by the same token it is right to criticise materia medica, which has, as the records show, a greater proportion of failures on its books.
What an act of infinite wisdom it was on the part of the Senate to concur in the House Bill to squelch Christian Science—a belief or practice that has lifted thousands from misery to health and comfort.
Nearly all my life I had suffered from some physical ailment, and for the past eight years I had suffered untold agony from muscular rheumatism, there being at one time several weeks that I could not walk.