Certain particulars in the story of Bartimæus, as narrated in the Gospel of Mark, suggest by analogy some of the experiences frequently encountered by those who turn to Christian Science for relief from distress. Recognizing the presence of the healing, saving truth, the blind beggar cried out for help; but the bystanders, offended at his boldness, rebuked him, and counseled him to hold his peace. Undaunted by their protests, however, he cried the more importunately, until his appeal was answered. Casting away his garments, relinquishing every impediment to progress, he bent all his energies toward the achievement of his one great desire,—deliverance from the bondage of a false belief.

In like manner the diligent, open-hearted student, seeking help in Christian Science, heeds not the protests of sense-evidence—material beliefs which challenge every step truthward, subtle arguments that would deter him from the pursuit of spiritual ends,—but, casting aside time-worn opinions, prejudices, personal predilections, pride, carnal desires, and every consideration which proves an obstacle to spiritual advance, he seeks access to Truth unburdened by such encumbrances. In obedience to the call of Christian Science, he endeavors, as fast as practicable, to come out and be separate from all associations and interests which are not calculated to further spiritual growth. Our Leader says: "Gladness to leave the dark landmarks, and joy to see them disappear,—this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony" (Science and Health, p. 324).

Physical as well as moral healing may be retarded because of the patient's unwillingness to sacrifice some cherished indulgence, uncharitable thought, or unworthy ambition. The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews says: "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us." Earnestness and persistency in invoking the aid of Truth need to be supplemented by a willingness to forsake everything that interferes with its regenerating work, in order that success may be assured; and only as all these conditions are complied with, is a satisfactory demonstration possible.

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November 3, 1906

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