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ATTORNEY FOR THE DEFENSE

From the October 1965 issue of The Christian Science Journal


An attorney before taking a case to defend someone accused of violating the law finds it expedient to weigh all pertinent facts in order to determine if there is sufficient evidence to enable him to defend the client satisfactorily. He also consults his law books for some precedent for his defense of the case.

A Christian Scientist defending himself or others falsely accused of violating some material health law—the violation of which is supposed to have produced disease, sickness, pain, or any other human abnormality—also weighs prayerfully all spiritual facts pertinent to the case.

The prosecutor, false belief, attempts to present physical evidence to substantiate its claims of a violation of law. The Christian Scientist, as attorney for the defense, challenges such evidence because it does not accord with spiritual law, which maintains man's perfection. He refuses to admit the belief in material health laws as controlling the case and therefore refuses to consider any evidence of their violation as being determinative of his health. He knows that there is but one law, God's law of good, divine Science. This law is supreme; and all applications of law beneficial to humanity emanate from this law of perfection.

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