[Reprinted from the Sentinel of Nov. 27, 1902.]


Our faithful laborers in the field of Science have been told, through the alert editor-in-chief of the Christian Science Sentinel and Journal, that "Mrs. Eddy advises, until the public thought becomes better acquainted with Christian Science, that Christian Scientists decline to doctor infectious or contagious diseases."

The great Master said, "For which of these works do ye stone me?" He said this to satisfy himself whereof he spake as God's representative—as one who never weakened in his own personal sense of righteousness because of another's wickedness, or the minifying of his own goodness. Charity is quite as rare as wisdom, but when it does appear it is known by its patience and endurance.

When, under the protection of State or United States laws, good citizens are arrested for manslaughter because one out of three of their patients, having the same disease and in the same family, dies while the others recover, we naturally turn to divine justice for support, and wait on God. Christian Scientists should be influenced by their own judgment in the taking of a case of malignant disease, they should consider well as to their ability to cope with the case—and not overlook the fact that there are those lying in wait to catch them in their sayings; neither should they forget that, in their practice, whether successful or not, they are not specially protected by law. The above quotation stands for this: Inherent justice, constitutional individual rights, self-preservation, and the gospel injunction, "Cast not your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn again and rend you."

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February 4, 1911

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