Chapter III - Questions and Answers
has but passed through a moment of extreme
mortal fear, to awaken with thoughts, and being, as
material as before. Science and Health clearly states
that spiritualization of thought is not attained by the death
of the body, but by a conscious union with God. When
we shall have passed the ordeal called death, or destroyed
this last enemy, and shall have come upon the same plane
of conscious existence with those gone before, then we
shall be able to communicate with and to recognize them.
If, before the change whereby we meet the dear departed,
our life-work proves to have been well done, we
shall not have to repeat it; but our joys and means of advancing
will be proportionately increased.
The difference between a belief of material existence
and the spiritual fact of Life is, that the former is a dream
and unreal, while the latter is real and eternal. Only
as we understand God, and learn that good, not evil,
lives and is immortal, that immortality exists only in
spiritual perfection, shall we drop our false sense of Life
in sin or sense material, and recognize a better state of
Can I be treated without being present during treatment?
Mind is not confined to limits; and nothing but our
own false admissions prevent us from demonstrating this
great fact. Christian Science, recognizing the capabilities
of Mind to act of itself, and independent of matter,
enables one to heal cases without even having seen the
individual, - or simply after having been made acquainted
with the mental condition of the patient.
Do all who at present claim to be teaching Christian
Science, teach it correctly?
By no means: Christian Science is not sufficiently understood
for that. The student of this Science who understands
it best, is the one least likely to pour into other
minds a trifling sense of it as being adequate to make safe
and successful practitioners. The simple sense one gains
of this Science through careful, unbiased, contemplative
reading of my books, is far more advantageous to the
sick and to the learner than is or can be the spurious
teaching of those who are spiritually unqualified. The
sad fact at this early writing is, that the letter is gained
sooner than the spirit of Christian Science: time is required
thoroughly to qualify students for the great ordeal
of this century.
If one student tries to undermine another, such sinister
rivalry does a vast amount of injury to the Cause. To
fill one's pocket at the expense of his conscience, or to
build on the downfall of others, incapacitates one to
practise or teach Christian Science. The occasional temporary
success of such an one is owing, in part, to the impossibility
for those unacquainted with the mighty Truth
of Christian Science to recognize, as such, the barefaced
errors that are taught - and the damaging effects these
leave on the practice of the learner, on the Cause, and
on the health of the community.
Honest students speak the truth "according to the
pattern showed to thee in the mount," and live it: these
are not working for emoluments, and may profitably
teach people, who are ready to investigate this subject,
the rudiments of Christian Science.
Can Christian Science cure acute cases where there is
necessity for immediate relief, as in membranous croup?
The remedial power of Christian Science is positive,
and its application direct. It cannot fail to heal in