Christian Science and autosuggestion are as far apart as...

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Christian Science and autosuggestion are as far apart as the two poles, for the following reasons. First, autosuggestion is of human origin, a human invention, not divine or of God. Secondly, autosuggestion can be used for both good or bad purposes; and, further, it can be used indiscriminately on a person without his consent; all of which, without going further into the subject, is contrary to the teaching of Christian Science. Christian Science is not of human origin; it is of God. It is the demonstrable understanding of God's law as taught in the Bible, and it is practiced by Christian Scientists only to heal and to save—to heal from disease and other discordant conditions, and to save from sin. It cannot be used for any but a good purpose, and can never work any harm. Moreover, to treat a person in Christian Science without his knowledge or consent is a direct violation of the Scriptural command and the ethics of Christian Science: "How can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man?" It is believed in autosuggestion that the erring thoughts of one person can be transferred to another. Mrs. Eddy says in the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 211), "The transfer of the thoughts of one erring mind to another, Science renders impossible." A person with a workable knowledge of Christian Science is, therefore, able to protect himself against suggestions of every kind, from whatever source. Mrs. Eddy has stated concisely in Science and Health (p. 495): "In the Science of Mind, you will soon ascertain that error cannot destroy error. You will also learn that in Science there is no transfer of evil suggestions from one mortal to another, for there is but one Mind, and this ever-present omnipotent Mind is reflected by man and governs the entire universe. You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself."

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February 17, 1923

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