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

Chapter III - Questions and Answers
page 33

and its spiritual Science is alluded to in the first chapter
of Genesis.
   Jesus said of error, "That thou doest, do quickly."
By the law of opposites, after the truth of man had been
demonstrated, the postulate of error must appear.  That
this addendum was untrue, is seen when Truth, God,
denounced it, and said: "I will greatly multiply thy
sorrow."  "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt
surely die."  The opposite error said, "I am true," and
declared, "God doth know . . . that your eyes shall be
opened, and ye shall be as gods," creators.  This was false;
and the Lord God never said it.  This history of a falsity
must be told in the name of Truth, or it would have no
seeming.  The Science of creation is the universe with man
created spiritually.  The false sense and error of creation
is the sense of man and the universe created materially.

   Why does the record make man a creation of the sixth
and last day, if he was coexistent with God?

   In its genesis, the Science of creation is stated in mathematical
order, beginning with the lowest form and ascending
the scale of being up to man.  But all that really is,
always was and forever is; for it existed in and of the Mind
that is God, wherein man is foremost.


   If one has died of consumption, and he has no remembrance
of that disease or dream, does that disease have any
more power over him?

   Waking from a dream, one learns its unreality; then
it has no power over one.  Waking from the dream of
death, proves to him who thought he died that it was a
dream, and that he did not die; then he learns that consumption
did not kill him.  When the belief in the power
of disease is destroyed, disease cannot return.

   How does Mrs. Eddy know that she has read and studied
correctly, if one must deny the evidences of the senses?
She had to use her eyes to read.

   Jesus said, "Having eyes, see ye not?"  I read the inspired
page through a higher than mortal sense.  As
matter, the eye cannot see; and as mortal mind, it is a
belief that sees.  I may read the Scriptures through a
belief of eyesight; but I must spiritually understand
them to interpret their Science.

   Does the theology of Christian Science aid its

   Without its theology there is no mental science, no
order that proceeds from God.  All Science is divine,
not human, in origin and demonstration.  If God does
not govern the action of man, it is inharmonious:  if He
does govern it, the action is Science.  Take away the
theology of mental healing and you take away its science,
leaving it a human "mind-cure," nothing more nor less,
- even one human mind governing another; by which,
if you agree that God is Mind, you admit that there is


more than one government and God.  Having no true
sense of the healing theology of Mind, you can neither
understand nor demonstrate its Science, and will practise
your belief of it in the name of Truth.  This is the
mortal "mind-cure" that produces the effect of
mesmerism.  It is using the power of human will, instead
of the divine power understood, as in Christian Science;
and without this Science there had better be no "mind-cure,"
- in which the last state of patients is worse than
the first.

   Is it wrong to pray for the recovery of the sick?

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