How happy the young student of Christian Science is to learn that the promised Comforter has indeed come! If he is already an earnest Christian, with what eagerness he finds that the commands of his Master, Christ Jesus, can be obeyed in full, for he now sees the way not only to "preach the gospel" but to "heal the sick." He rejoices in a new-found certainty that the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, fulfills the loved words to be found in the fourteenth chapter of John's Gospel (verse 26), "The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things."

Is his ardor dampened a bit when some older student points out that the Christian Scientist may heal others only when his help is requested; that Christian Science treatment is not given unwanted? Our affection or deep sympathy for a sufferer does not justify our intrusion into his mental house unasked. How often one longs to be of service, but must stand by until his aid is sought. In short, he must mind his own business. But is this standing by a passive thing? Indeed, is not the counsel to mind one's own business a counsel to action?

What does Christian Science teach about one's responsibility for clear thinking? Mrs. Eddy counsels her followers in unmistakable words, "Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 210). Those are no uncertain terms. Thus, if we believe our fellow man to be sinning or suffering or sick, it becomes our duty and privilege, our "own business," so to fill our thought with the Christ, Truth, that no room is left for delusion.

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December 8, 1951

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