Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CHAPTER I - Introductory
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CHAPTER I - Introductory


The ancient Greek looked longingly for Olympiad.
The Chaldee watched the appearing of a
star; to him, no higher destiny dawned on the dome
of being than that foreshadowed by signs in the heavens.
The meek Nazarene, the scoffed of all scofferes, said,
"Ye can discern the signs of the sky; but can ye
not discern the signs of the times?" - for he forefelt
and foresaw the ordeal of a perfect Christianity, hated
by sinners.
   To kindle all minds with a gleam of gratitude, the
new idea that comes welling up from infinite Truth needs
to be understood.  The seer of this age should be a
   Humility is the stepping-stone to a higher recognition
of Deity.  The mounting sense gathers fresh forms and
strange fire from the ashes of dissolving self, and drops
the world.  Meekness heightens immortal attributes
only by removing the dust that dims them.  Goodness
reveals another scene and another self seemingly rolled
up in shades, but brought to light by the evolutions of


advancing thought, whereby we discern the power of
Truth and Love to heal the sick.
   Pride is ignorance; those assume most who have the
least wisdom or experience; and they steal from their
neighbor, because they have so little of their own.
   The signs of these times portend a long and strong
determination of mankind to cleave to the world, the
flesh, and evil, causing great obscuration of Spirit.
When we remember that God is just, and admit the
total depravity of mortals, alias mortal mind, - and that
this Adam legacy must first be seen, and then must be
subdued and recompensed by justice, the eternal attribute
of Truth, - the outlook demands labor, and the
laborers seem few.  To-day we behold but the first
faint view of a more spiritual Christianity, that embraces
a deeper and broader philosophy and a more rational and
divine healing.  The time approaches when divine Life,
Truth, and Love will be found alone the remedy for sin,
sickness, and death; when God, man's saving Principle,
and Christ, the spiritual idea of God, will be revealed.
   Man's probation after death is the necessity of his
immortality; for good dies not and evil is self-destructive,
therefore evil must be mortal and self-destroyed.
If man should not progress after death, but should remain
in error, he would be inevitably self-annihilated.
Those upon whom "the second death hath no power"
are those who progress here and hereafter out of evil,
their mortal element, and into good that is immortal;
thus laying off the material beliefs that war against
Spirit, and putting on the spiritual elements in divine
   While we entertain decided views as to the best method


for elevating the race physically, morally, and spiritually,
and shall express these views as duty demands, we
shall claim no especial gift from our divine origin, no
supernatural power.  If we regard good as more natural
than evil, and spiritual understanding - the true knowledge
of God - as imparting the only power to heal the
sick and the sinner, we shall demonstrate in our lives the
power of Truth and Love.
   The lessons we learn in divine Science are applicable
to all the needs of man.  Jesus taught them for this
very purpose; and his demonstration hath taught us
that "through his stripes" - his life-experience - and
divine Science, brought to the understanding through
Christ, the Spirit-revelator, is man healed and saved.
No opinions of mortals nor human hypotheses enter this

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