"Having done all, to stand"

As an argument against absolute reliance on Christian Science healing, sometimes cases are cited where a sufferer has turned to Truth without apparent benefit; and the question is raised if it would not be wiser in certain instances to utilize material remedies as an aid in effecting a cure.

If assailed by doubt or discouragement during what appears to be a protracted healing, it would be well for those afflicted to turn to the seventeenth chapter of Matthew, in which it is related that Jesus instantly healed a case of one afflicted with dementia which the apostles had signally failed to relieve. The Nazarene's treatment of the case is especially interesting. His students had failed to realize the truth concerning the man, but even so Jesus did not advise the sufferer to resort to drugs, diet, change of climate, or hygiene. He proceeded to heal him then and there, proving conclusively the infinite power of Love and demonstrating its universal availability. Jesus then rebuked his disciples for their lack of spiritual understanding, implying that a grain of spirituality was sufficient to have effected a cure.

Truth is normal, natural, and beautiful, but through the ages the erroneous concept that man is matter, and that matter is intelligent, has been perpetuated in belief until the entire world seems environed by a shadow,—the sunlight of Truth being apparently hidden under the clouds of bigotry, bias, and superstitious ignorance. In spite of this, however, the light shines on eternally, melting the mists, annihilating the miasma of materialism, and the world is rapidly realizing the fact expressed on page 174 of Science and Health: "Truth is revealed. It needs only to be practised."

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Mountain Climbing
October 23, 1915

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