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

Chapter III - Questions and Answers
page 46

A true sense of the falsity of material joys and sorrows,
pleasures and pains, takes them away, and teaches Life's
lessons aright.  The transition from our lower sense of
Life to a new and higher sense thereof, even though it be
through the door named death, yields a clearer and
nearer sense of Life to those who have utilized the present,


and are ripe for the harvest-home.  To the battleworn
and weary Christian hero, Life eternal brings

   Is a Christian Scientist ever sick, and has he who is
sick been regenerated?

   The Christian Scientist learns spiritually all that he
knows of Life, and demonstrates what he understands.
God is recognized as the divine Principle of his being,
and of every thought and act leading to good.  His purpose
must be right, though his power is temporarily
limited.  Perfection, the goal of existence, is not won in a
moment; and regeneration leading thereto is gradual,
for it culminates in the fulfilment of this divine rule in
Science: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father
which is in heaven is perfect."
   The last degree of regeneration rises into the rest of
perpetual, spiritual, individual existence.  The first
feeble flutterings of mortals Christward are infantile
and more or less imperfect.  The new-born Christian
Scientist must mature, and work out his own salvation.
Spirit and flesh antagonize.  Temptation, that mist of
mortal mind which seems to be matter and the environment
of mortals, suggests pleasure and pain in matter;
and, so long as this temptation lasts, the warfare is not
ended and the mortal is not regenerated.  The pleasures
- more than the pains - of sense, retard regeneration;
for pain compels human consciousness to escape
from sense into the immortality and harmony of Soul.
Disease in error, more than ease in it, tends to destroy
error:  the sick often are thereby led to Christ, Truth,
and to learn their way out of both sickness and sin.


   The material and physical are imperfect.  The individual
and spiritual are perfect; these have no fleshly
nature.  This final degree of regeneration is saving, and
the Christian will, must, attain it; but it doth not yet
appear.  Until this be attained, the Christian Scientist
must continue to strive with sickness, sin, and death -
though in lessening degrees - and manifest growth at
every experience.

   Is it correct to say of material objects, that they are nothing
and exist only in imagination?

   Nothing and something are words which need correct
definition.  They either mean formations of indefinite
and vague human opinions, or scientific classifications
of the unreal and the real.  My sense of the beauty of
the universe is, that beauty typifies holiness, and is something
to be desired.  Earth is more spiritually beautiful
to my gaze now than when it was more earthly to the
eyes of Eve.  The pleasant sensations of human belief,
of form and color, must be spiritualized, until we gain the
glorified sense of substance as in the new heaven and
earth, the harmony of body and Mind.
   Even the human conception of beauty, grandeur, and
utility is something that defies a sneer.  It is more than
imagination.  It is next to divine beauty and the grandeur
of Spirit.  It lives with our earth-life, and is
the subjective state of high thoughts.  The atmosphere
of mortal mind constitutes our mortal
environment.  What mortals hear, see, feel, taste, smell,

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