After much debate and opposition, permission is obtained
for a trial in the Court of Spirit, where Christian
Science is allowed to appear as counsel for
the unfortunate prisoner. Witnesses, judges,
and jurors, who were at the previous Court of Error,
are now summoned to appear before the bar of Justice
and eternal Truth.
When the case for Mortal Man versus Personal Sense
is opened, Mortal Man's counsel regards the prisoner
with the utmost tenderness. The counsel's earnest,
solemn eyes, kindling with hope and triumph, look
upward. Then Christian Science turns suddenly to the
supreme tribunal, and opens the argument for the
The prisoner at the bar has been unjustly sentenced.
His trial was a tragedy, and is morally illegal. Mortal
Man has had no proper counsel in the case. All the testimony
has been on the side of Personal Sense, and we shall
unearth this foul conspiracy against the liberty and life of
Man. The only valid testimony in the case shows the
alleged crime never to have been committed. The prisoner
is not proved "worthy of death, or of bonds."
Your Honor, the lower court has sentenced Mortal Man
to die, but God made Man immortal and amenable to
Spirit only. Denying justice to the body, that court commended
man's immortal Spirit to heavenly mercy, - Spirit
which is God Himself and Man's only lawgiver! Who or
what has sinned? Has the body or has Mortal Mind
committed a criminal deed? Counsellor False Belief has
argued that the body should die, while Reverend Theology
would console conscious Mortal Mind, which alone is capable
of sin and suffering. The body committed no offence.
Mortal Man, in obedience to higher law, helped his fellow-man,
an act which should result in good to himself as well
as to others.
The law of our Supreme Court decrees that whosoever
sinneth shall die; but good deeds are immortal, bringing
joy instead of grief, pleasure instead of pain, and life
instead of death. If liver-complaint was committed by
trampling on Laws of Health, this was a good deed, for the
agent of those laws is an outlaw, a destroyer of Mortal
Man's liberty and rights. Laws of Health should be sentenced
Watching beside the couch of pain in the exercise of a
love that "is the fulfilling of the law," - doing "unto
others as ye would that they should do unto you," - this
is no infringement of law, for no demand, human or divine,
renders it just to punish a man for acting justly. If mortals
sin, our Supreme Judge in equity decides what penalty
is due for the sin, and Mortal Man can suffer only for his
sin. For naught else can he be punished, according to the
law of Spirit, God.
Then what jurisdiction had his Honor, Judge Medicine,
in this case? To him I might say, in Bible language, "Sittest
thou to judge . . . after the law, and commandest . . .
to be smitten contrary to the law?" The only jurisdiction
to which the prisoner can submit is that of Truth, Life, and
Love. If they condemn him not, neither shall Judge Medicine
condemn him; and I ask that the prisoner be restored
to the liberty of which he has been unjustly deprived.
The principal witness (the officer of the Health-laws)
deposed that he was an eye-witness to the good deeds for
which Mortal Man is under sentence of death. After betraying
him into the hands of your law, the Health-agent
disappeared, to reappear however at the trial as a witness
against Mortal Man and in the interest of Personal Sense,
a murderer. Your Supreme Court must find the prisoner
on the night of the alleged offence to have been acting
within the limits of the divine law, and in obedience
thereto. Upon this statute hangs all the law and testimony.
Giving a cup of cold water in Christ's name, is a Christian
service. Laying down his life for a good deed, Mortal Man
should find it again. Such acts bear their own justification,
and are under the protection of the Most High.
Prior to the night of his arrest, the prisoner summoned
two professed friends, Materia Medica and Physiology, to
prevent his committing liver-complaint, and thus save him
from arrest. But they brought with them Fear, the sheriff,
to precipitate the result which they were called to prevent.
It was Fear who handcuffed Mortal Man and would now
punish him. You have left Mortal Man no alternative.
He must obey your law, fear its consequences, and be punished
for his fear. His friends struggled hard to rescue the
prisoner from the penalty they considered justly due, but
they were compelled to let him be taken into custody, tried,
and condemned. Thereupon Judge Medicine sat in judgment
on the case, and substantially charged the jury, twelve
Mortal Minds, to find the prisoner guilty. His Honor sentenced
Mortal Man to die for the very deeds which the divine
law compels man to commit. Thus the Court of Error
construed obedience to the law of divine Love as disobedience
to the law of Life. Claiming to protect Mortal Man
in right-doing, that court pronounced a sentence of death
for doing right.
One of the principal witnesses, Nerve, testified that he
was a ruler of Body, in which province Mortal Man resides.
He also testified that he was on intimate terms with the
plaintiff, and knew Personal Sense to be truthful; that he
knew Man, and that Man was made in the image of God,
but was a criminal. This is a foul aspersion on man's
Maker. It blots the fair escutcheon of omnipotence. It indicates
malice aforethought, a determination to condemn
Man in the interest of Personal Sense. At the bar of Truth,
in the presence of divine Justice, before the Judge of our
higher tribunal, the Supreme Court of Spirit, and before
its jurors, the Spiritual Senses, I proclaim this witness,
Nerve, to be destitute of intelligence and truth and to be
a false witness.
Man self-destroyed; the testimony of matter respected;
Spirit not allowed a hearing; Soul a criminal though
recommended to mercy; the helpless innocent body tortured, - these
are the terrible records of your Court of
Error, and I ask that the Supreme Court of Spirit reverse
Here the opposing counsel, False Belief, called Christian
Science to order for contempt of court. Various
notables - Materia Medica, Anatomy, Physiology, Scholastic
Theology, and Jurisprudence - rose to the question
of expelling Christian Science from the bar, for such
high-handed illegality. They declared that Christian Science
was overthrowing the judicial proceedings of a regularly
But Judge Justice of the Supreme Court of Spirit overruled
their motions on the ground that unjust usages
were not allowed at the bar of Truth, which ranks above
the lower Court of Error.
The attorney, Christian Science, then read from the
supreme statute-book, the Bible, certain extracts on the
Rights of Man, remarking that the Bible was better authority
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and
let them have dominion.
Behold, I give unto you power . . . over all the power
of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
Then Christian Science proved the witness, Nerve, to
be a perjurer. Instead of being a ruler in the Province
of Body, in which Mortal Man was reported to reside,
Nerve was an insubordinate citizen, putting in false
claims to office and bearing false witness against Man.
Turning suddenly to Personal Sense, by this time silent,
Christian Science continued:-
I ask your arrest in the name of Almighty God on three
distinct charges of crime, to wit: perjury, treason, and conspiracy
against the rights and life of man.
Then Christian Science continued:-
Another witness, equally inadequate, said that on the
night of the crime a garment of foul fur was spread over
him by Morbid Secretion, while the facts in the case show
that this fur is a foreign substance, imported by False Belief,
the attorney for Personal Sense, who is in partnership
with Error and smuggles Error's goods into market without
the inspection of Soul's government officers. When
the Court of Truth summoned Furred Tongue for examination,
he disappeared and was never heard of more.
Morbid Secretion is not an importer or dealer in fur, but
we have heard Materia Medica explain how this fur is
manufactured, and we know Morbid Secretion to be on
friendly terms with the firm of Personal Sense, Error, &
Co., receiving pay from them and introducing their goods
into the market. Also, be it known that False Belief, the
counsel for the plaintiff, Personal Sense, is a buyer for this
firm. He manufactures for it, keeps a furnishing store,
and advertises largely for his employers.
Death testified that he was absent from the Province of
Body, when a message came from False Belief, commanding
him to take part in the homicide. At this request
Death repaired to the spot where the liver-complaint was
in process, frightening away Materia Medica, who was then
manacling the prisoner in the attempt to save him. True,
Materia Medica was a misguided participant in the misdeed
for which the Health-officer had Mortal Man in custody,
though Mortal Man was innocent.
Christian Science turned from the abashed witnesses,
his words flashing as lightning in the perturbed faces
of these worthies, Scholastic Theology, Materia Medica,
Physiology, the blind Hypnotism, and the masked Personal
Sense, and said:-
God will smite you, O whited walls, for injuring in your
ignorance the unfortunate Mortal Man who sought your
aid in his struggles against liver-complaint and Death.
You came to his rescue, only to fasten upon him an offence
of which he was innocent. You aided and abetted Fear
and Health-laws. You betrayed Mortal Man, meanwhile
declaring Disease to be God's servant and the righteous
executor of His laws. Our higher statutes declare you all,
witnesses, jurors, and judges, to be offenders, awaiting the
sentence which General Progress and Divine Love will
We send our best detectives to whatever locality is reported
to be haunted by Disease, but on visiting the spot,
they learn that Disease was never there, for he could not
possibly elude their search. Your Material Court of Errors,
when it condemned Mortal Man on the ground of hygienic
disobedience, was manipulated by the oleaginous machinations
of the counsel, False Belief, whom Truth arraigns
before the supreme bar of Spirit to answer for his crime.
Morbid Secretion is taught how to make sleep befool reason
before sacrificing mortals to their false gods.
Mortal Minds were deceived by your attorney, False Belief,
and were influenced to give a verdict delivering Mortal
Man to Death. Good deeds are transformed into crimes,
to which you attach penalties; but no warping of justice
can render disobedience to the so-called laws of Matter
disobedience to God, or an act of homicide. Even penal
law holds homicide, under stress of circumstances, to be
justifiable. Now what greater justification can any deed
have, than that it is for the good of one's neighbor? Wherefore,
then, in the name of outraged justice, do you sentence
Mortal Man for ministering to the wants of his fellow-man
in obedience to divine law? You cannot trample upon the
decree of the Supreme Bench. Mortal Man has his appeal
to Spirit, God, who sentences only for sin.
The false and unjust beliefs of your human mental legislators
compel them to enact wicked laws of sickness and so
forth, and then render obedience to these laws punishable
as crime. In the presence of the Supreme Lawgiver, standing
at the bar of Truth, and in accordance with the divine
statutes, I repudiate the false testimony of Personal Sense.
I ask that he be forbidden to enter against Mortal Man
any more suits to be tried at the Court of Material Error.
I appeal to the just and equitable decisions of divine Spirit
to restore to Mortal Man the rights of which he has been
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