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From the March 1889 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The Nixon Case.—The following account, from a participant, of a recent case in Dakota, that has been extensively reported through the secular press, will be read with interest. Clergymen in this Territory are occupied in circulating petitions to the legislature to restrain Scientists from doing as the Apostle James enjoined on all Christians to do. One of the advocates of these restrictive measures, speaking more wisely than he knows, and with more of frankness than of worldly knowledge, calls on the legislature to pass laws to prevent the people from practising Science and Health!

To the question in the letter of our correspondent, "Why this termination?" our Teacher says that healing faith is that which is based on understanding of the Truth of Being, or Truth realized; faith that rests in any degree on beliefs is not this faith. Our correspondent's statement that "when Mrs. Nixon's little Philip passed on, a few months ago, her faith alone should have raised him," shows confusion in her mind as to the nature of this faith. Mrs. Nixon was at that time wholly uninstructed in Christian Science, and yet our correspondent thinks her faith, founded at that time wholly on the current beliefs of the Christian world, should have raised her son from the dead.

Jesus said to his disciples, in a much less difficult case which they could not cure, "This kind goeth not out but by much fasting and prayer." How much more may our Teacher remind us that the rewards of high spiritual consciousness can be realized only by reaching, through our own faithful work, the height on which Jesus stood,—in Spirit. "First the blade, then the ear, then the full corn, in the ear."

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