Science and Health
by Mary Baker Glover
Chapter II - Imposition and Demonstration


People's opinions of Jesus were the very opposite of
the man, and mark you wisely what will be said to-day
of the science he taught and its followers, and see if
there be no resemblance between the reception it re-
ceived in the past, and that accorded it at present. We
have few demonstrators to-day in part even, of the great
Truth taught by Jesus; but we hesitate not to say it
is the privilege and possibility of all Christians to fol-
low his example, and what they claim to do, but they
must keep his first command, "to heal the sick," as
proof they understand this example, and the Princi-
ple that healed. We see some amelioration of the stake
and gibbet in this age, but the vengeance with which
doctrines and beliefs pursue Truth, has not ceased in
this century.
When the science of being's purity, confronts the
impurity of sense, and humanitarianism lifts a voice
above sectarianism, blows will fall liberally on science,
its true followers will be traduced and persecuted, and
imposition and malice will smite their destroyer. Doc-
tors in general will trample on it, insomuch as it heals
the sick without drugs, and must ultimately destroy
sickness, when their "occupation will be gone." But
shall we serve the old masters because Truth has ene-
mies, and disturbs the tranquillity of error? Wisdom
has given us more foresight than this; to the advanced
thinkers perceiving the scope and tendency of Truth
we may look for support; while others will say to the
science of being, as did one of old, to please the Rabbis,
"Go thy way for this time."
The highest stand-point of being, is its science, but
opinions, doctrines and beliefs afford no demonstrable
Principle to reach it, and enable man to work out his
own salvation; 'tis Truth, the Principle of man that
does this. But is there not a smoother and broader
path to harmony or heaven; and cannot Christianity
be coupled with worldly peace and prosperity? The
very nature of it is peace and blessedness, but its joys
and triumphs are not earthly, they are passing away
from matter to Spirit. By this we do not mean death,
nor a sudden ecstasy; but the gradual fading out of
material things, of earthly desires, possessions and
pleasures, and the coming in of purity, Truth and im-
mortality. The demands of personal sense will grow
less, the appetite become simple, pride, malice and all
sin yield to meekness, mercy and Love, until finally
the belief of Life in matter yields to the consciousness
that Life is Spirit, and Spirit, God. All good thoughts
and deeds are science that proceeds not from a doc-
trinal basis, but is soul subduing sin, personal belief,
personal pleasure, or pain; and revealing all harmony,
righteousness and blessedness in our God-being.
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