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

Chapter II - One Cause and Effect
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its opposite.  Then why not accept divine Science
on this ground? since the Scriptures maintain
this fact by parable and proof, asking, "Do men
gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?"  "Doth a
fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and
   According to reason and revelation, evil and matter
are negation:  for evil signifies the absence of good, God,
though God is ever present; and matter claims something
besides God, when God is really All.  Creation,
evolution, or manifestation, - being in and of Spirit,
Mind, and all that really is, - must be spiritual and
mental.  This is Science, and is susceptible of proof.
   But, say you, is a stone spiritual?
   To erring material sense, No! but to unerring spiritual
sense, it is a small manifestation of Mind, a type of spiritual
substance, "the substance of things hoped for."
Mortals can know a stone as substance, only by first admitting
that it is substantial.  Take away the mortal sense


of substance, and the stone itself would disappear, only
to reappear in the spiritual sense thereof.  Matter can
neither see, hear, feel, taste, nor smell; having no sensation
of its own.  Perception by the five personal senses
is mental, and dependent on the beliefs that mortals
entertain.  Destroy the belief that you can walk, and
volition ceases; for muscles cannot move without mind.
Matter takes no cognizance of matter.  In dreams, things
are only what mortal mind makes them; and the phenomena
of mortal life are as dreams; and this so-called
life is a dream soon told.  In proportion as mortals turn
from this mortal and material dream, to the true sense
of reality, everlasting Life will be found to be the only
Life.  That death does not destroy the beliefs of the flesh,
our Master proved to his doubting disciple, Thomas.  Also,
he demonstrated that divine Science alone can overbear
materiality and mortality; and this great truth was shown
by his ascension after death, whereby he arose above
the illusion of matter.
   The First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other
gods before me," suggests the inquiry, What meaneth
this Me, - Spirit, or matter?  It certainly does not
signify a graven idol, and must mean Spirit.  Then
the commandment means, Thou shalt recognize no
intelligence nor life in matter; and find neither pleasure
nor pain therein.  The Master's practical knowledge
of this grand verity, together with his divine Love,
healed the sick and raised the dead.  He literally
annulled the claims of physique and of physical law,
by the superiority of the higher law; hence his declaration,
"These signs shall follow them that believe; . . .
if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;


they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

   Do you believe his words?  I do, and that his promise
is perpetual.  Had it been applicable only to his
immediate disciples, the pronoun would be you, not them.
The purpose of his life-work touches universal
humanity.  At another time he prayed, not for the twelve
only, but "for them also which shall believe on me through
their word."
   The Christ-healing was practised even before the Christian
era; "the Word was with God, and the Word was
God."  There is, however, no analogy between Christian
Science and spiritualism, or between it and any speculative
   In 1867, I taught the first student in Christian Science.
Since that date I have known of but fourteen deaths
in the ranks of my about five thousand students.  The

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