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

Chapter II - One Cause and Effect
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obey this intelligence.  Was it Mind or matter that spake
in creation, "and it was done"?  The answer is self-evident,
and the command remains, "Thou shalt have
no other gods before me."
   It is plain that the Me spoken of in the First Commandment,
must be Mind; for matter is not the Christian's
God, and is not intelligent.  Matter cannot even
talk; and the serpent, Satan, the first talker in its behalf,
lied.  Reason and revelation declare that God is both
noumenon and phenomena, - the first and only cause.
The universe, including man, is not a result of atomic
action, material force or energy; it is not organized dust.
God, Spirit, Mind, are terms synonymous for the one
God, whose reflection is creation, and man is His image
and likeness.  Few there are who comprehend what Christian
Science means by the word reflection.  God is seen
only in that which reflects good, Life, Truth, Love -
yea, which manifests all His attributes and power, even
as the human likeness thrown upon the mirror repeats
precisely the looks and actions of the object in front of it.
All must be Mind and Mind's ideas; since, according to
natural science, God, Spirit, could not change its species
and evolve matter.


   These facts enjoin the First Commandment; and
knowledge of them makes man spiritually minded.  St.
Paul writes: "For to be carnally minded is death; but to
be spiritually minded is life and peace."  This knowledge
came to me in an hour of great need; and I give it
to you as death-bed testimony to the daystar that dawned
on the night of material sense.  This knowledge is
practical, for it wrought my immediate recovery from
an injury caused by an accident, and pronounced fatal
by the physicians.  On the third day thereafter, I called
for my Bible, and opened it at Matthew ix. 2.  As I
read, the healing Truth dawned upon my sense; and
the result was that I rose, dressed myself, and ever after
was in better health than I had before enjoyed.  That
short experience included a glimpse of the great fact
that I have since tried to make plain to others, namely,
Life in and of Spirit; this Life being the sole reality of
existence.  I learned that mortal thought evolves a subjective
state which it names matter, thereby shutting
out the true sense of Spirit.  Per contra, Mind and man
are immortal; and knowledge gained from mortal sense
is illusion, error, the opposite of Truth; therefore it
cannot be true.  A knowledge of both good and evil
(when good is God, and God is All) is impossible.  Speaking
of the origin of evil, the Master said: "When he
speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:  for he is a liar,
and the father of it."  God warned man not to believe
the talking serpent, or rather the allegory describing
it.  The Nazarene Prophet declared that his followers
should handle serpents; that is, put down all subtle falsities
or illusions, and thus destroy any supposed effect
arising from false claims exercising their supposed power


on the mind and body of man, against his holiness and
   That there is but one God or Life, one cause and
one effect, is the multum in parvo of Christian Science;
and to my understanding it is the heart of Christianity,
the religion that Jesus taught and demonstrated.  In
divine Science it is found that matter is a phase of
error, and that neither one really exists, since God is
Truth, and All-in-all.  Christ's Sermon on the Mount,
in its direct application to human needs, confirms this
   Science, understood, translates matter into Mind,

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