The author of the serial, "The Thirteenth Commandment,"...

The Cicero (Ill.) News

The author of the serial, "The Thirteenth Commandment," causes one of the characters of his story to misrepresent Christian Science in a recent issue of the News, in saying: "There's everything in thinking a thing is going to happen. I'm too sensitive to be a Christian Scientist about pain, but I am one about good luck. You must just tell yourself that you're going to come out all right and you will." Such conclusions represent what is called auto-suggestion or self-mesmerism, which are methods of the carnal or human mind and have no basis or practice in Christian Science.

This Science does not teach that a person can "come out all right" by the exercise of self-will, or that the demonstration of Christian Science involves the hazards of luck or chance. Its proper use subjugates and destroys mortal will power. In Science and Health (p. 445) Mrs. Eddy writes: "Christian Science silences human will, quiets fear with Truth and Love, and illustrates the unlabored motion of the divine energy in healing the sick. Self-seeking, envy, passion, pride, hatred, and revenge are cast out by the divine Mind which heals disease. The human will which maketh and worketh a lie, hiding the divine Principle of harmony, is destructive to health, and is the cause of disease rather than its cure."

If a needy one sets aside the thought that he can of himself think out his health and prosperity, and applies Christian Science according to its rule, or asks help of one who uses the rule according to Mrs. Eddy's teachings, he can be lifted out of poverty, sin, disease, and all discords of the carnal mind, including the belief in luck and chance.

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The Exalting Vision
August 23, 1919

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