Science and Health
by Mary Baker Glover
Chapter VIII - Healing the Sick


and counting his victory in the far-off years. Healing
in science has its reward even here, but the task of
teaching the science of being is quite another thing.
Pains of personal sense often make the sick willing to
part with its errors, but those in health and at ease in
their possessions are reluctant to change masters, hence
the more thankless and toilsome task of teaching, com-
pared with healing. We instruct students to recommend
their patients to avoid, as much as possible, contact
with minds filled with opposite physics, hygiene, etc.,
while under treatment of metaphysics, for it retards
their recovery; but they forget the same right belongs
to a teacher, and the same necessity exists for students
to avoid contact with certain minds that hinder their
advancement. Institutions have their by-laws to re-
strain the evil passions of those under their care, but
we have had no such necessary protection in teaching.
Not to admit God the Principle of the science of
Life, is to be ignorant of this science; and to say
God is its Principle, and the discoverer, teacher, and
demonstrator of the science is not taught of God, is
Students may dwarf, or destroy for the present, their
position in scientific healing through error, with false-
hood, dishonesty, or sensuality; in which case their
demonstration advances no higher, and their practice,
if they have one, becomes mesmerism and no longer
science. Such students can never reinstate themselves
aright except through repentance, reformation and
restitution. We should welcome back the penitent and
support the weak, but to him that covereth his sins and
rejoices in his iniquity let the reward of his hands be
given; an accumulated debt more to be feared than his
creditor's account. The wickedest or the best man is
not understood by the age in which he lives; both are
beyond its appreciation. The wickedest man commits
his sins knowingly and in secret, having not grown suf-
ficiently to be punished by Wisdom, he hides his evil in
the manner we shall name; and the best man is hidden
from the present age in the Wisdom of future ages.
When separating tares from the wheat the mills of God
grind slowly, and if the tares that Wisdom casts away,
predominate we see little results, but if there be much
wheat, stores are garnered because of the grinding.
"Whomsoever He loveth, him he also chasteneth."
There is but one possible way of doing wrong with a
mental method of healing, and this is mesmerism,
whereby the minds of the sick may be controlled with
error instead of Truth. Whoever has witnessed the
effects of mesmerism, has seen it make a joint stiff or
a limb lame, proving beyond a doubt it can affect the
body injuriously. Whispering into the minds of the
sick falsehoods, will do their bodies harm if Truth
poured into their minds does the body good. We have
witnessed the proof of both these statements. For
years we had tested the benefits of Truth on the body,
and knew no opposite chance for doing evil through a
mental method of healing until we saw it traduced by
an erring student and made the medium of error.
Introducing falsehoods into the minds of the patients
prevented their recovery, and the sins of the doctor
were visited on the patients, many of whom died be-
cause of this; cases that the Truth of being would
have healed, his own error rendered hopeless. Witness-
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