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Contagion
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR


         "At a time of contagious disease, Christian Scientists endeavor to rise in consciousness to the true sense of the omnipotence of Life, Truth, and Love, and this great fact in Christian Science realized will stop a contagion." In such words does Mrs. Eddy, on page 116 of her book "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," describe a duty and privilege which is open to every one and at all times.

         Jesus the Christ healed the sick. His followers, he said, should do the same. It mattered not to him whether the disease was acute or chronic, whether it was a woman sick of fever or a man who for thirty-eight years had been stretched helpless on his bed. He fed the five thousand in a desert place with a few barley loaves and fishes. He walked on the water, he stopped a storm at sea, he raised the dead, and he left behind him the emphatic statement that those who believed on him should do the works that he did and even greater works. As a final instruction to his disciples he declared, without a single reservation or qualification, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

         Now the place into which the world is being driven at the present hour is getting steadily narrower. The appeal to matter is everywhere failing more and more to secure response. A new trouble arises and the world marshals its old remedies and sends them forth, and then waits like the priests of Baal, and like the priests of Baal waits in vain, for "there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded." And even if the world, blinded by its speculative theories, and failing still to learn the lesson which will soon be perceived even by the human intelligence, succeeds in effecting, by the exercise of a material effort, apparent release, it is only to find itself in another and still narrower place where there is no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. Then the world, in a panic, begins to hit out wildly at its troubles. It clutches at any and every straw that is cast upon the troubled waters, and resorts to expedients of which, in calmer moments, it would be ashamed.

         It is just here that the most beggarly elemental common sense enters a protest, and startles mortal man into looking up and seeing the angel. Mrs. Eddy has defined the word angels on page 581 of Science and Health as follows: "ANGELS. God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality." And on page 410 of the same book she has written, "Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony, 'Be not afraid!'" First and foremost amongst these things that we may see when we entertain these angels will be the tremendous simplicity of the issue facing the world today. The last four years have stripped the great struggle of all verbiage, and it stands out clearly, as a simple issue between right and wrong, between the understanding, however dim, of God, good, all-power, all-presence, all-knowledge, and the belief in a supposititious opposite to God which styles itself evil, and manifests itself in sin, sickness, disease, and death.

         This evil, which the growing understanding of Truth in the world has been steadily forcing to the surface, is today engaged in a tremendous struggle for existence. It throws into the fight all its so-called resources. Evil would, if it could, deceive the whole world. Hence the tremendous necessity for the world to learn the truth of being and the powerlessness of every attempt of evil to work when it is opposed by an understanding of God, of Truth, of Principle. Tares cannot be sown amidst the wheat if the husbandman is awake. There could be no scare of food shortage, no scare of coal shortage, no distrusts, strikes, disasters, or epidemics in the face of a knowledge of God, good, as the only power. Evil is not power. Evil has no intelligence with which to work. The only trouble is that mankind believe in evil on account of their ignorance of divine Principle, otherwise they could not think that something has just "happened," and believe that there are enemies which can have a hand in bringing misfortune undetected upon a community.

         Now let there be no mistake about this. There is only one enemy, namely, a belief in a power apart from God, infinite Mind, Life, Truth, and Love. Over this belief, as far as he himself is concerned, each mortal fancies that he is lord and master. Whatever else he may receive from others, his thoughts, he declares, are his own. A man would thus be at the mercy of those whose belief in evil is so strong that they believe that they can influence others to some further expression of evil, had he no knowledge of divine Principle. There is one perfect remedy for the belief in an epidemic, and that is the realization of the presence of divine, infinite Principle, and consequently, of infinite health and harmony. But the world does not recognize this, and plays into the hand of the supposed enemy; in other words, it fosters the suggestion that there is more than one creator, a creator of sin, sickness, and death.

         "Here," as Mrs. Eddy writes on page 407 of Science and Health, "Christian Science is the sovereign panacea, giving strength to the weakness of mortal mind, strength from the immortal and omnipotent Mind, and lifting humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to man." It enables men to rise above the tyranny of their own beliefs; to recognize that the same power of Principle which destroys evil on the battle field is forever at work, protecting always and of necessity those who align themselves with Principle, whether it be from sin or the sword, from sickness or want, or any other of the myriad forms of evil belief. "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling." And Mrs. Eddy, on page 535 of Science and Health, puts this pertinent question to mankind: "When will man pass through the open gate of Christian Science into the heaven of Soul, into the heritage of the first born among men? Truth is indeed 'the way.'"

 

"Contagion"
The Christian Science Monitor, October 18, 1918
 

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