From Letters, Substantially as Published

In a recent issue of the Springfield Morning Union...

Springfield Morning Union,

In a recent issue of the Springfield Morning Union there appeared a statement regarding a man who, finding himself surrounded by persons who sneezed, decided that the method of Christian Science in ignoring such incidents was a good one to follow under the circumstances.

There is an accepted opinion among some people that Christian Science teaches that trouble should be ignored instead of overcome. Nothing could be farther from the fact, because the Christian Scientist very definitely handles his difficulties, whether they are physical, mental, financial, or of any other character. Experience has taught the Christian Scientist that nothing is gained by running away from one's problems, but that victory is secured when one faces and works to solve them by applying the law of God. Jesus did not ignore the diseases of the multitudes; he healed them.

And Christian Scientists remember this fact in their endeavor to follow his instructions to go into all the world and to heal the sick. Likewise, Mary Baker Eddy, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," implies that we should not ignore evil when she writes (p. 390): "'Agree to disagree' with approaching symptoms of chronic or acute disease, whether it is cancer, consumption, or smallpox. Meet the incipient stages of disease with as powerful mental opposition as a legislator would employ to defeat the passage of an inhuman law."

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