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

Chapter III - Questions and Answers
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escape and be immortal.  The theory that death must
occur, to set a human soul free from its environments,
is rendered void by Jesus' divine declaration, who spake
as never man spake, - and no man can rationally reject
his authority on this subject and accept it on other topics
less important.
   Now, exchange the term soul for sense whenever this
word means the so-called soul in the body, and you will
find the right meaning indicated.  The misnamed human
soul is material sense, which sinneth and shall die; for
it is an error or false sense of mentality in matter, and
matter has no sense.  You will admit that Soul is the
Life of man.  Now if Soul sinned, it would die; for "the
wages of sin is death."  The Scripture saith, "When
Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also
appear with him in glory."  The Science of Soul, Spirit,
involves this appearing, and is essential to the fulfilment
of this glorious prophecy of the master Metaphysician,
who overcame the last enemy, death.


   Did the salvation of the eunuch depend merely on his
believing that Jesus Christ was the Son of God?

   It did; but this believing was more than faith in the
fact that Jesus was the Messiah.  Here the verb believe
took its original meaning, namely, to be firm, - yea, to
understand those great truths asserted of the Messiah:
it meant to discern and consent to that infinite demand
made upon the eunuch in those few words of the apostle.
Philip's requirement was, that he should not only acknowledge
the incarnation, - God made manifest through
man, - but even the eternal unity of man and God, as
the divine Principle and spiritual idea; which is the indissoluble
bond of union, the power and presence, in
divine Science, of Life, Truth, and Love, to support their
ideal man.  This is the Father's great Love that He
hath bestowed upon us, and it holds man in endless
Life and one eternal round of harmonious being.  It
guides him by Truth that knows no error, and with
supersensual, impartial, and unquenchable Love.  To
believe is to be firm.  In adopting all this vast idea of
Christ Jesus, the eunuch was to know in whom he
believed.  To believe thus was to enter the spiritual sanctuary
of Truth, and there learn, in divine Science, somewhat
of the All-Father-Mother God.  It was to understand
God and man:  it was sternly to rebuke the mortal
belief that man has fallen away from his first estate; that
man, made in God's own likeness, and reflecting Truth,
could fall into mortal error; or, that man is the father
of man.  It was to enter unshod the Holy of Holies, where
the miracle of grace appears, and where the miracles of
Jesus had their birth, - healing the sick, casting out
evils, and resurrecting the human sense to the belief


that Life, God, is not buried in matter.  This is the spiritual
dawn of the Messiah, and the overture of the
angels.  This is when God is made manifest in the
flesh, and thus it destroys all sense of sin, sickness, and
death, - when the brightness of His glory encompasseth
all being.

   Can Christian Science Mind-healing be taught to those
who are absent?

   The Science of Mind-healing can no more be taught
thus, than can science in any other direction.  I know
not how to teach either Euclid or the Science of Mind
silently; and never dreamed that either of these partook

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