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

Chapter III - Questions and Answers
page 45

Being; for he is the image and likeness of infinite Life,
Truth, and Love.
   Infinite progression is concrete being, which finite
mortals see and comprehend only as abstract glory.  As
mortal mind, or the material sense of life, is put off,
the spiritual sense and Science of being is brought to
   Mortal mind is a myth; the one Mind is immortal.
A mythical or mortal sense of existence is consumed
as a moth, in the treacherous glare of its own flame -
the errors which devour it.  Immortal Mind is God,
immortal good; in whom the Scripture saith "we live,
and move, and have our being."  This Mind, then, is not
subject to growth, change, or diminution, but is the divine


intelligence, or Principle, of all real being; holding
man forever in the rhythmic round of unfolding bliss,
as a living witness to and perpetual idea of inexhaustible

   In your book, Science and Health,*1 page 181, you
say: "Every sin is the author of itself, and every
invalid the cause of his own sufferings." On page
182 you say: "Sickness is a growth of illusion, springing
from a seed of thought, - either your own thought
or another's." Will you please explain this seeming
contradiction? (*1 From the sixteenth edition.)

   No person can accept another's belief, except it be
with the consent of his own belief.  If the error which
knocks at the door of your own thought originated in
another's mind, you are a free moral agent to reject or
to accept this error; hence, you are the arbiter of your
own fate, and sin is the author of sin.  In the words
of our Master, you are "a liar, and the father of it
he lie]."

   Why did Jesus call himself "the Son of man"?

   In the life of our Lord, meekness was as conspicuous
as might.  In John xvii. he declared his sonship with
God: "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his
eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come;
glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee."
The hour had come for the avowal of this great truth,
and for the proof of his eternal Life and sonship.  Jesus'


wisdom ofttimes was shown by his forbearing to speak,
as well as by speaking, the whole truth.  Haply he waited
for a preparation of the human heart to receive startling
announcements.  This wisdom, which characterized
his sayings, did not prophesy his death, and thereby
hasten or permit it.
   The disciples and prophets thrust disputed points on
minds unprepared for them.  This cost them their lives,
and the world's temporary esteem; but the prophecies
were fulfilled, and their motives were rewarded by
growth and more spiritual understanding, which dawns
by degrees on mortals.  The spiritual Christ was infallible;
Jesus, as material manhood, was not Christ.  The
"man of sorrows" knew that the man of joys, his spiritual
self, or Christ, was the Son of God; and that the mortal
mind, not the immortal Mind, suffered.  The human
manifestation of the Son of God was called the Son of
man, or Mary's son.

   Please explain Paul's meaning in the text, "For to me
to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

   The Science of Life, overshadowing Paul's sense of
life in matter, so far extinguished the latter as forever
to quench his love for it.  The discipline of the flesh is
designed to turn one, like a weary traveller, to the home
of Love.  To lose error thus, is to live in Christ, Truth.

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