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The great need of mankind from king to peasant, from babe to sage, is to find a savior. The nature of this savior and from what he will save us are the points upon which so many differ. Some are determined that he shall save from certain forms of sin, which they recognize as such, but abhor the thought of salvation from other kinds of human trouble. Some turn to a savior in the form of drugs, climate, and suggestion, and seek relief from pain, but are concerned about nothing deeper. Christ Jesus healed. He knew how he healed. He taught others how he healed, and sent them to do likewise. In the twelfth chapter of Matthew we find the Pharisees accusing Jesus of using mental suggestion; or as they put it in their day, "This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils." Suggestion makes carnal convictions fight each other, and the stronger to overcome the weaker, thus producing a condition worse than at first. In Christian Science practice there is no transference of thought whatever. Suggestion, like the cruder forms of materialism, wages war against the effects only, of fear, sin, or ignorance, upon the impossible basis that matter first produces mind and then mind makes matter sick.

Christian Science has brought the Christ to human understanding again, and clearly states that fundamentally man is the image and likeness of God, in whom "is no darkness at all." It is not, however, faith in what somebody says that heals, but a spiritual understanding of the Christ-nature and its application to human problems. Hence a perfect state of health can follow only as thought is spiritualized and daily life made more Christian. Christian Science aims emphatically at the destruction of sin. On page 2 of "Rudimental Divine Science" Mrs. Eddy says: "Healing physical sickness is the smallest part of Christian Science. It is only the bugle-call to thought and action, in the higher range of infinite goodness. The emphatic purpose of Christian Science is the healing of sin; and this task, sometimes, may be harder than the cure of disease; because, while mortals love to sin, they do not love to be sick. Hence their comparative acquiescence in your endeavors to heal them of bodily ills, and their obstinate resistance to all efforts to save them from sin through Christ, spiritual Truth and Love, which redeem them, and become their Saviour, through the flesh, from the flesh,—the material world and evil."

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