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

Chapter III - Questions and Answers
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this fatal power.  It is cause for rejoicing that this belief
is as false as it is remorseless.  The immutable Word
saith, through the prophet Ezekiel, "What mean ye, that
ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying,
The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's
teeth are set on edge?  As I live, saith the Lord God,
ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb
in Israel."


   Are material things real when they are harmonious, and
do they disappear only to the natural sense? Does this
Scripture, "Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have
need of all these things," imply that Spirit takes note of
matter?

   The Science of Mind, as well as the material universe,
shows that nothing which is material is in
perpetual harmony.  Matter is manifest mortal mind,
and it exists only to material sense.  Real sensation
is not material; it is, and must be, mental: and Mind
is not mortal, it is immortal.  Being is God, infinite
Spirit; therefore it cannot cognize aught material, or
outside of infinity.
   The Scriptural passage quoted affords no evidence of


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the reality of matter, or that God is conscious of it.
The so-called material body is said to suffer, but this
supposition is proven erroneous when Mind casts out
the suffering.  The Scripture saith, "Whom the Lord
loveth He chasteneth;" and again, "He doth not
afflict willingly."  Interpreted materially, these passages
conflict; they mingle the testimony of immortal
Science with mortal sense; but once discern their
spiritual meaning, and it separates the false sense from
the true, and establishes the reality of what is spiritual,
and the unreality of materiality.
   Law is never material:  it is always mental and moral,
and a commandment to the wise.  The foolish disobey
moral law, and are punished.  Human wisdom therefore
can get no farther than to say, He knoweth that we have
need of experience.  Belief fulfils the conditions of a belief,
and these conditions destroy the belief.  Hence the
verdict of experience:  We have need of these things; we
have need to know that the so-called pleasures and pains
of matter - yea, that all subjective states of false sensation
- are unreal.


   "And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you,
That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when
the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory,
ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the
twelve tribes of Israel."  (Matt. xix. 28.)  What is meant
by regeneration?

   It is the appearing of divine law to human understanding;
the spiritualization that comes from spiritual
sense in contradistinction to the testimony of the so-called
material senses.  The phenomena of Spirit in

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Christian Science, and the divine correspondence of
noumenon and phenomenon understood, are here
signified.  This new-born sense subdues not only the false
sense of generation, but the human will, and the unnatural
enmity of mortal man toward God.  It quickly
imparts a new apprehension of the true basis of being,
and the spiritual foundation for the affections which enthrone
the Son of man in the glory of his Father; and
judges, through the stern mandate of Science, all human
systems of etiology and teleology.


   If God does not recognize matter, how did Jesus, who was

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