Error sometimes makes its felonious overtures and suggestions with the blatant obviousness of the Three Stooges. The sinister insinuation of evil into consciousness, however, can be devilishly difficult to detect, especially if such suggestions are administered discretely in carefully measured doses by a skilled and depraved mental malpractitioner--and they do exist. Not all tiptoeing thru the tulips is the childish Tiny Tim variety. There are now and have always been institutions and individuals who hate Christian Science and Christian Scientists and work to destroy both, quietly and inobtrusively over the humdrum landscape of years and decades if necessary. To induce in the unaware and unwary even modest mental perturbation or spiritual precession will almost certainly accomplish far more harm than a sharp conk after an acrobatic tumble down the basement stairs.
It is wise to remember that the serpent is subtle, subliminal. A bold rush at the mental gates would, or should, produce a quick and, one hopes, effective defense and repulsion. The hugger-mugger corruption of a human mind over years can be far more effectual. The unwitting victim awakes one fine morning, like Gregor Samsa, utterly surprised to find himself a giant, disgusting beetle. A new planet was discovered fairly recently. Named Eris, it is about twice the size of and well over twice as far from the sun, about 9 billion miles, as Pluto. The effect of the sun's gravity at that enormous distance must be almost incalculably small, but it must be there to keep Eris in its vast orbit. Should we then doubt or dismiss foolishly the possible influence of invisible and silent malicious animal magnetism or aggressive mental suggestion?
For over a century almost imperceptible etiolation, deflection, and ennui has arguably settled like a miasma over the Church and thousands of its members, to the extent that often the good that should be done isn't, but the wrong that should not be done is--or the Scientist simply goes "a fishing". He should rather take comfort in an assurance that he is never a helpless victim of animal magnetism, error, or any mortal belief, but there is no simple step he can take to get on a "do not call" list for the devil's incessant callings. As Christ Jesus and Mrs. Eddy have taught us, the Christian Scientist must uncover and tread each temptation, whether bold or subtle, down. And down and down yet again until he is forever victorious over all malign influences.
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