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

Chapter II - One Cause and Effect
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rejects all other theories of causation, restores the spiritual
and original meaning of the Scriptures, and explains
the teachings and life of our Lord.  It is religion's
"new tongue," with "signs following," spoken of by
St. Mark.  It gives God's infinite meaning to mankind,
healing the sick, casting out evil, and raising the spiritually
dead.  Christianity is Christlike only as it reiterates
the word, repeats the works, and manifests the
spirit of Christ.
   Jesus' only medicine was omnipotent and omniscient
Mind.  As omni is from the Latin word meaning all,
this medicine is all-power; and omniscience means as
well, all-science.  The sick are more deplorably situated
than the sinful, if the sick cannot trust God for help and
the sinful can.  If God created drugs good, they cannot be
harmful; if He could create them otherwise, then they
are bad and unfit for man; and if He created drugs for
healing the sick, why did not Jesus employ them and
recommend them for that purpose?
   No human hypotheses, whether in philosophy, medicine,


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or religion, can survive the wreck of time; but
whatever is of God, hath life abiding in it, and ultimately
will be known as self-evident truth, as demonstrable
as mathematics.  Each successive period of progress
is a period more humane and spiritual.  The only logical
conclusion is that all is Mind and its manifestation, from
the rolling of worlds, in the most subtle ether, to a
potato-patch.
   The agriculturist ponders the history of a seed, and
believes that his crops come from the seedling and the
loam; even while the Scripture declares He made "every
plant of the field before it was in the earth."  The Scientist
asks, Whence came the first seed, and what made
the soil?  Was it molecules, or material atoms?  Whence
came the infinitesimals, - from infinite Mind, or from
matter?  If from matter, how did matter originate?  Was
it self-existent?  Matter is not intelligent, and thus able
to evolve or create itself:  it is the very opposite of Spirit,
intelligent, self-creative, and infinite Mind.  The belief
of mind in matter is pantheism.  Natural history shows
that neither a genus nor a species produces its opposite.
God is All, in all.  What can be more than All?
Nothing: and this is just what I call matter, nothing.  Spirit,
God, has no antecedent; and God's consequent is the
spiritual cosmos.  The phrase, "express image," in the
common version of Hebrews i. 3, is, in the Greek Testament,
character.
   The Scriptures name God as good, and the Saxon
term for God is also good.  From this premise comes
the logical conclusion that God is naturally and divinely
infinite good.  How, then, can this conclusion change,
or be changed, to mean that good is evil, or the creator

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of evil?  What can there be besides infinity?  Nothing!
Therefore the Science of good calls evil nothing.  In
divine Science the terms God and good, as Spirit, are
synonymous.  That God, good, creates evil, or aught
that can result in evil, - or that Spirit creates its opposite,
named matter, - are conclusions that destroy their
premise and prove themselves invalid.  Here is where
Christian Science sticks to its text, and other systems
of religion abandon their own logic.  Here also is found
the pith of the basal statement, the cardinal point in
Christian Science, that matter and evil (including all
inharmony, sin, disease, death) are unreal.  Mortals
accept natural science, wherein no species ever produces

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