My attention has been called to a recent published report...

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My attention has been called to a recent published report of a lecture on "Mental Science," which appeared in your columns. The speaker is reported as having said, "In that mental science recognized pain, it differed from Christian Science." On page 460 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, are these words: "Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal,—that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction." The basis of Christian Science and mental science are so diametrically opposite that they differ entirely both in the method of practice and the results produced. Christian Science reasons from the basis of "perfect God and perfect man" (Science and Health, p. 259), thus conforming to the command of Christ Jesus when he said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." In the proportion that the disciples were able to conform to this basis of thought were they able to follow the example of the Master.

Autosuggestion, thought repetition, thought transmission, and the control of one so-called human mind by another, produce hypnotic conditions of thought which are despotic, instead of the Christ-consciousness that Christian Science specifically teaches. The Apostle Paul made reference to this consciousness when he said, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." One of the tenets of this religion as laid down by Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, is the following: "And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure" (Science and Health, p. 497). Human will, selfishness, hatred, resentment, and fear bring about discord and disease. And these appear real to mortals until thought becomes more Christlike; then that which apparently was real to mortal thought disappears.

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