Perhaps nowhere in the "Church Manual" does Mrs. Eddy throw down the gauntlet to Christian Scientists more emphatically than the section "Healing Better than Teaching" (92: 3-11). If Christian Science fades wimply into the sunset it will be largely because this litmus test for genuine Science and Scientists was not passed. That paragraph should be a vitalizing challenge for any Christian Scientist who hungers and thirsts to be worthy of the name.
Seasoned Scientists know that any attempt to grow spiritually and burgeon in demonstration will be countered by a plethora of the Adversary's discouraging arguments. One aim should be to dwell "home, home on the [spiritual] range . . . where never is heard a discouraging word." An article in the most recent issue of "The War Cry", The Salvation Army's biweekly magazine, had in it a phrase that caught my attention: "to make yourself unavailable". That reminded me of part of the generic message that is sometimes prerecorded on answering machines: "We are unavailable to take your call." If all Scientists could learn to be always unavailable to meet with and listen to animal magnetism "in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono" it would be a boon.
It is self-evident that if one consents to listen to, observe, react to, shrink in fear from, or argue with matter or any phase of materiality he cannot be free from the claims presented. The angels came and ministered unto Christ Jesus after he had completely rejected each of the devil's temptations. All true Scientists should learn to listen only to those unheard sweeter melodies (Keats) which will "wake a white-winged angel throng/ Of thoughts" and thereby divorce from the spiritual selfhood which they are proving day by day their "Earth-bound hearts" (Hymn #265).
Note: There was a request in a recent comment to weigh in (again) on the subject of Bible prophecy of Mrs. Eddy. As Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener repeatedly stated: "I would prefer not to." I've had my little say on the topic in (much) earlier entries, though it would take a forced march to locate them, I admit. Fortunately, there is what I would consider a definitive treatment of the subject in Stephen Gottschalk's "The Emergence of Christian Science in American Religious Life" (pp.166-67).
There was also yet another feeler sent out to elicit my name, etc.. That question, too, has been responded to. Does it really matter, anyway?