ADVICE TO STUDENTS
pays whatever he is able to pay for being healed, is more
apt to recover than he who withholds a slight equivalent
for health. Healing morally and physically are one.
Then, is compiling and delivering that sermon for which
you pay nothing, and which you deliver without the
author's consent, and receive pay therefor, the precedent
for preaching Christian Science, - and are you doing
to the author of the above-named book as you would
have others do unto you?
Those authors and editors of pamphlets and periodicals
whose substance is made up of my publications, are
morally responsible for what the law construes as crime.
There are startling instances of the above-named lawbreaking
and gospel-opposing system of authorship, which
characterize the writings of a few professed Christian
Scientists. My Christian students who have read copies
of my works in the pulpit require only a word to be wise;
too sincere and morally statuesque are they to be long
led into temptation; but I must not leave persistent
plagiarists without this word of warning in public, since
my private counsel they disregard.
To the question of my true-hearted students, "Is it
right to copy your works and read them for our public
services?" I answer: It is not right to copy my book
and read it publicly without my consent. My reasons are
as follows: -
First: This method is an unseen form of injustice
standing in a holy place.
Second: It breaks the Golden Rule, - a divine rule
for human conduct.
Third: All error tends to harden the heart, blind
the eyes, stop the ears of understanding, and inflate
self; counter to the commands of our hillside Priest, to
whom Isaiah alluded thus: "I have trodden the winepress
alone; and of the people there was none with me."
Behind the scenes lurks an evil which you can prevent:
it is a purpose to kill the reformation begun and increasing
through the instructions of "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures;" it encourages infringement of my
copyright, and seeks again to "cast lots for his vesture,"
- while the perverter preserves in his own consciousness
and teaching the name without the Spirit, the skeleton
without the heart, the form without the comeliness, the
sense without the Science, of Christ's healing. My students
are expected to know the teaching of Christian Science
sufficiently to discriminate between error and Truth,
thus sparing their teacher a task and themselves the
temptation to be misled.
Much good has been accomplished through Christian
Science Sunday services. If Christian Scientists occasionally
mistake in interpreting revealed Truth, of two evils
the less would be not to leave the Word unspoken and
untaught. I allowed, till this permission was withdrawn,
students working faithfully for Christ's cause on earth,
the privilege of copying and reading my works for Sunday
service; provided, they each and all destroyed the copies
at once after said service. When I should so elect and
give suitable notice, they were to desist from further copying
of my writings as aforesaid.
This injunction did not curtail the benefit which the
student derived from making his copy, nor detract from
the good that his hearers received from his reading thereof;
but it was intended to forestall the possible evil of putting
the divine teachings contained in "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures" into human hands, to subvert
or to liquidate.
I recommend that students stay within their own fields