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

Chapter III - Questions and Answers
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my power over the fish, cast out the sick man's illusion,
and healed him.  Thus it was shown that the
healing action of Mind upon the body has its only explanation
in divine metaphysics.  As a man "thinketh
in his heart, so is he."  When the mortal thought, or belief,
was removed, the man was well.


   What did Jesus mean when he said to the dying thief,
"To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise"?

   Paradisaical rest from physical agony would come to
the criminal, if the dream of dying should startle him
from the dream of suffering.  The paradise of Spirit
would come to Jesus, in a spiritual sense of Life and
power.  Christ Jesus lived and reappeared.  He was too
good to die; for goodness is immortal.  The thief was
not equal to the demands of the hour; but sin was destroying
itself, and had already begun to die, - as
the poor thief's prayer for help indicated.  The dying
malefactor and our Lord were inevitably separated
through Mind.  The thief's body, as matter,
must dissolve into its native nothingness; whereas the
body of the holy Spirit of Jesus was eternal.  That
day the thief would be with Jesus only in a finite
and material sense of relief; while our Lord would
soon be rising to the supremacy of Spirit, working
out, even in the silent tomb, those wonderful demonstrations
of divine power, in which none could equal his
glory.



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   Is it right for me to treat others, when I am not entirely
well myself?

   The late John B. Gough is said to have suffered from
an appetite for alcoholic drink until his death; yet he
saved many a drunkard from this fatal appetite.  Paul
had a thorn in the flesh:  one writer thinks that he was
troubled with rheumatism, and another that he had sore
eyes; but this is certain, that he healed others who were
sick.  It is unquestionably right to do right; and healing
the sick is a very right thing to do.


   Does Christian Science set aside the law of transmission,
prenatal desires, and good or bad influences on the unborn
child?

   Science never averts law, but supports it.  All actual
causation must interpret omnipotence, the all-knowing
Mind.  Law brings out Truth, not error; unfolds divine
Principle, - but neither human hypothesis nor matter.
Errors are based on a mortal or material formation; they
are suppositional modes, not the factors of divine presence
and power.
   Whatever is humanly conceived is a departure from
divine law; hence its mythical origin and certain end.
According to the Scriptures, - St. Paul declares astutely,
"For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all
things," - man is incapable of originating: nothing can
be formed apart from God, good, the all-knowing Mind.
What seems to be of human origin is the counterfeit
of the divine, - even human concepts, mortal shadows
flitting across the dial of time.
   Whatever is real is right and eternal; hence the immutable
and just law of Science, that God is good only,

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and can transmit to man and the universe nothing evil,
or unlike Himself.  For the innocent babe to be born a
lifelong sufferer because of his parents' mistakes or sins,
were sore injustice.  Science sets aside man as a creator,
and unfolds the eternal harmonies of the only living and
true origin, God.
   According to the beliefs of the flesh, both good and
bad traits of the parents are transmitted to their helpless
offspring, and God is supposed to impart to man

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