Critics should consider that the so-called mortal man
is not the reality of man. Then they would behold the
signs of Christ's coming. Christ, as the spiritual
or true idea of God, comes now as of
old, preaching the gospel to the poor, healing
the sick, and casting out evils. Is it error which
is restoring an essential element of Christianity, -
namely, apostolic, divine healing? No; it is the Science
of Christianity which is restoring it, and is the light
shining in darkness, which the darkness comprehends
If Christian Science takes away the popular gods, -
sin, sickness, and death, - it is Christ, Truth, who destroys
these evils, and so proves their nothingness.
The dream that matter and error are something
must yield to reason and revelation. Then mortals
will behold the nothingness of sickness and sin, and
sin and sickness will disappear from consciousness.
The harmonious will appear real, and the inharmonious
unreal. These critics will then see that error
is indeed the nothingness, which they chide us for
naming nothing and which we desire neither to honor
nor to fear.
Medical theories virtually admit the nothingness of
hallucinations, even while treating them as disease; and
who objects to this? Ought we not, then, to approve
any cure, which is effected by making the disease appear
to be - what it really is - an illusion?
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