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

Chapter III - Questions and Answers
page 47

constitutes their present earth and heaven:  but we must
grow out of even this pleasing thraldom, and find wings
to reach the glory of supersensible Life; then we shall


soar above, as the bird in the clear ether of the blue temporal
   To take all earth's beauty into one gulp of vacuity
and label beauty nothing, is ignorantly to caricature
God's creation, which is unjust to human sense and
to the divine realism.  In our immature sense of spiritual
things, let us say of the beauties of the sensuous
universe: "I love your promise; and shall know, some
time, the spiritual reality and substance of form, light,
and color, of what I now through you discern dimly; and
knowing this, I shall be satisfied.  Matter is a frail conception
of mortal mind; and mortal mind is a poorer
representative of the beauty, grandeur, and glory of the
immortal Mind."

   Please inform us, through your Journal, if you sent
Mrs. - - to - - . She said that you sent her there to look
after the students; and also, that no one there was working
in Science, - which is certainly a mistake.

   I never commission any one to teach students of mine.
After class teaching, he does best in the investigation of
Christian Science who is most reliant on himself and
God.  My students are taught the divine Principle and
rules of the Science of Mind-healing.  What they need
thereafter is to study thoroughly the Scriptures and
"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."  To
watch and pray, to be honest, earnest, loving, and truthful,
is indispensable to the demonstration of the truth
they have been taught.
   If they are haunted by obsequious helpers, who, uncalled
for, imagine they can help anybody and steady
God's altar - this interference prolongs the struggle


and tends to blight the fruits of my students.  A faithful
student may even sometimes feel the need of
physical help, and occasionally receive it from others;
but the less this is required, the better it is for that

   Please give us, through your Journal, the name of
the author of that genuine critique in the September
number, "What Quibus Thinks."

   I am pleased to inform this inquirer, that the author
of the article in question is a Boston gentleman whose
thought is appreciated by many liberals.  Patience, observation,
intellectual culture, reading, writing, extensive
travel, and twenty years in the pulpit, have equipped
him as a critic who knows whereof he speaks.  His allusion
to Christian Science in the following paragraph,
glows in the shadow of darkling criticism like a midnight
sun.  Its manly honesty follows like a benediction
after prayer, and closes the task of talking to deaf ears
and dull debaters.
   "We have always insisted that this Science is natural,
spiritually natural; that Jesus was the highest type of
real nature; that Christian healing is supernatural, or
extra-natural, only to those who do not enter into its
sublimity or understand its modes - as imported ice
was miraculous to the equatorial African, who had never
seen water freeze."

Is it right for a Scientist to treat with a doctor?

   This depends upon what kind of a doctor it is.  Mind-healing,
and healing with drugs, are opposite modes of
medicine.  As a rule, drop one of these doctors when you


employ the other.  The Scripture saith, "No man can
serve two masters;" and, "Every kingdom divided

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