Divine Deliverance

In a recent issue of the Optimist, a paper published in the State prison at Jackson, Michigan, it is said that a prisoner, while attempting to escape, fell from the sixth story to the ground, striking projections several times in his descent. It also says that "He had not been able to lie down for months previous, but the jar of the fall cured him of heart disease." The article closes with the trenchant advice, "Come here and jump off the roof if you have heart trouble." This was certainly a most unusual occurrence, but it is probable that many who heard of it would dismiss it from thought as simply a fortunate happening for the one who had the experience. There is, however, a hint of something else in the advice jestingly given to others.

This occurrence was a marked instance in which a greater fear overcomes a lesser, and it furnishes another proof of the unreality of disease. It is undeniable that disease has no intelligence to take possession of the human body, though no one ever disputed its authority to do so until Mrs. Eddy laid bare its false claims, by declaring in Science and Health that God, the only creator, never made disease or sin. Since her discovery of the Science of being a great change has taken place in human opinion, so that the mental origin of disease is now very generally admitted. It is also conceded by the most thoughtful physicians that any shock may produce very startling results, either for good or ill, according to the predominating sense of the patient.

Letters to our Leader
May 27, 1905

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