Wherefore?

This article was later republished in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: My. 226:24-228:10

Our faithful laborers in the field of Science have been told, through the alert editor-in-chief of the Christian Science Sentinel and Journal, that "Mrs. Eddy advises, until the public thought becomes better acquainted with Christian Science, that Christian Scientists decline to doctor infectious or contagious diseases."

The great Master said, "For which of these works do ye stone me?" He said this to satisfy himself whereof he spake as God's representative—as one who never weakened in his own personal sense of righteousness because of another's wickedness, or the minifying of his own goodness. Charity is quite as rare as wisdom, but when it does appear it is known by its patience and endurance.

When, under the protection of State or United States laws, good citizens are arrested for manslaughter because one out of three of their patients, having the same disease and in the same family, dies while the others recover, we naturally turn to Divine justice for support, and wait on God. Christian Scientists should be influenced by their own judgment in the taking of a case of malignant disease, they should consider well as to their ability to cope with the case—and not overlook the fact that there are those lying in wait to catch them in their sayings; neither should they forget that, in their practice, whether successful or not, they are not specially protected by law. The above quotation stands for this: Inherent justice, constitutional individual rights, self-preservation, and the gospel injunction, "Cast not your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn again and rend you."

And it stands side by side with Christ's command. "Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also," I abide by this rule, and triumph by it. The sinner may sneer at this beatitude, for "the fool hath said in his heart, No God." It is known that the good young student, Mr. Lathrop, after he was prosecuted for practising Christian Science, finished healing the cases of diphtheria that he had on hand. Statistics show that this Science cures a larger per cent of malignant diseases than does materia medica.

I call disease by its name, and have cured it thus; so there is nothing new on this score. My book Science and Health names disease, and thousands are healed by reading its name and learning that so-called disease is a sensation of mind, not matter. Evil minds signally blunder in Divine Metaphysics: hence I am always saying the unexpected to them. The evil mind calls it "skulking," when to me it is wisdom to "overcome evil with good." I fail to know how one can be a Christian, and yet depart from Christ's teachings.

November 27, 1902
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