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

Chapter III - Questions and Answers
page 34

   Not if we pray Scripturally, with the understanding
that God has given all things to those who love Him;
but pleading with infinite Love to love us, or to restore
health and harmony, and then to admit that it has been
lost under His government, is the prayer of doubt and
mortal belief that is unavailing in divine Science.

   Is not all argument mind over mind?

   The Scriptures refer to God as saying, "Come now, and
let us reason together."  There is but one right Mind, and
that one should and does govern man.  Any copartnership
with that Mind is impossible; and the only benefit in
speaking often one to another, arises from the success that
one individual has with another in leading his thoughts
away from the human mind or body, and guiding them
with Truth.  That individual is the best healer who asserts
himself the least, and thus becomes a transparency
for the divine Mind, who is the only physician; the divine
Mind is the scientific healer.


   How can you believe there is no sin, and that God does
not recognize any, when He sent His Son to save from
sin, and the Bible is addressed to sinners? How can you
believe there is no sickness, when Jesus came healing the

   To regard sin, disease, and death with less deference,
and only as the woeful unrealities of being, is the only
way to destroy them; Christian Science is proving this by
healing cases of disease and sin after all other means have
failed.  The Nazarene Prophet could make the unreality
of both apparent in a moment.

   Does it not limit the power of Mind to deny the possibility
of communion with departed friends - dead only in

   Does it limit the power of Mind to say that addition
is not subtraction in mathematics?  The Science of Mind
reveals the impossibility of two individual sleepers, in
different phases of thought, communicating, even if touching
each other corporeally; or for one who sleeps to
communicate with another who is awake.  Mind's possibilities
are not lessened by being confined and conformed
to the Science of being.

   If mortal mind and body are myths, what is the connection
between them and real identity, and why are there
as many identities as mortal bodies?

   Evil in the beginning claimed the power, wisdom, and
utility of good; and every creation or idea of Spirit has
its counterfeit in some matter belief.  Every material belief
hints the existence of spiritual reality; and if mortals
are instructed in spiritual things, it will be seen that material


belief, in all its manifestations, reversed, will be
found the type and representative of verities priceless,
eternal, and just at hand.
   The education of the future will be instruction, in spiritual
Science, against the material symbolic counterfeit
sciences.  All the knowledge and vain strivings of mortal
mind, that lead to death, - even when aping the wisdom
and magnitude of immortal Mind, - will be swallowed
up by the reality and omnipotence of Truth over error,
and of Life over death.

   "Dear Mrs. Eddy: - In the October Journal I read
the following: 'But the real man, who was created in the
image of God, does not commit sin.' What then does sin?
What commits theft? Or who does murder?  For instance,

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