If mental suggestion is the groundwork of all religion,...

Gazette and Herald

If mental suggestion is the groundwork of all religion, as it is argued, then the latter has a poor foundation indeed. Religion without an understanding of God, divine Principle, is impossible. It is suggestion from which the world is suffering; and it is evident that suggestion will not cure suggestion. When it was said of Jesus that he "cast out devils . . . by Beelzebub the prince of the devils," he replied: "If Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? . . . But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." In another case, when it was complained of him that he healed a woman on the Sabbath day, he clearly showed that it was the work of true religion to free the woman whom Saten (suggestion, a lie) had bound for eighteen years, so that she "could in no wise lift up herself."

Christian Science shows that all the ills of the flesh are due to the false beliefs of what Paul calls the carnal mind and which Mrs. Eddy calls mortal mind. Matter is the subjective state of this mortal mind. To say that divine Mind, God, can be known through matter, is to make God responsible for all the evil, disease, and suffering in the world. If Mind depends on matter for expression, then immortality is an impossibility. Christian Science is the name given to the reiteration and interpretation of the teaching of Jesus; suggestion is only another name for ancient necromancy, witchcraft, mesmerism, and hypnotism.

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