Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CONTAGION
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CONTAGION



   Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cognizance
of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch
as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to
mind and not to matter.  Floating with the popular
current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability
of its conclusions, we do what others do,
believe what others believe, and say what others say.
Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease
catching.
   People believe in infectious and contagious diseases,

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and that any one is liable to have them under certain
predisposing or exciting causes.  This mental state prepares
one to have any disease whenever there appear the
circumstances which he believes produce it.  If he believed
as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact
with healthy people, he would catch their state of
feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does
the sick man's.
   If only the people would believe that good is more
contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how
much more certain would be the doctor's success, and
the clergyman's conversion of sinners.  And if only the
pulpit would encourage faith in God in this direction,
and faith in Mind over all other influences governing
the receptivity of the body, theology would teach man
as David taught: "Because thou hast made the Lord,
which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation;
there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague
come nigh thy dwelling."
   The confidence of mankind in contagious disease would
thus become beautifully less; and in the same proportion
would faith in the power of God to heal and to save
mankind increase, until the whole human race would
become healthier, holier, happier, and longer lived.  A
calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of
contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sanative
method; and the "perfect Love" that "casteth out
fear" is a sure defense.



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