"Why should the work cease?"

While engaged in some good project for the well-being of mankind, an individual may become obsessed with the fear of disease. He may be faced with the temptation to sin or burdened with the weight of family, church, or world affairs. He may find his thought inflamed with some phase of social or political extremism. What is it that incites such abnormal states of thought, causing one to delay or cease carrying on some worthy work?

Mrs. Eddy writes in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, "The only incentive of a mistaken sense is malicious animal magnetism,—the name of all evil,—and this must be understood." My., p. 357;

According to Christian Science, animal magnetism is the opposite of God, good, the one infinite Mind, the Mind of man and the universe. But it has only suppositional power to obstruct human progress; it has no reality with which to oppose either God or His spiritual idea, man.

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