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

Chapter III - Questions and Answers
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that there is in reality none besides the eternal, infinite
God, good.  Evil is temporal:  it is the illusion of time
and mortality.
   This being true, sin has no power; and fear, its coeval,
is without divine authority.  Science sanctions only what
is supported by the unerring Principle of being.  Sin can
do nothing:  all cause and effect are in God.  Fear is a
belief of sensation in matter:  this belief is neither maintained
by Science nor supported by facts, and exists only
as fable.  Your answer is, that neither fear nor sin can
bring on disease or bring back disease, since there is in
reality no disease.
   Bear in mind, however, that human consciousness does
not test sin and the fact of its nothingness, by believing
that sin is pardoned without repentance and
reformation.  Sin punishes itself, because it cannot go unpunished
either here or hereafter.  Nothing is more fatal than
to indulge a sinning sense or consciousness for even one
moment.  Knowing this, obey Christ's Sermon on the
Mount, even if you suffer for it in the first instance, -


are misjudged and maligned; in the second, you will
reign with him.
   I never knew a person who knowingly indulged evil,
to be grateful; to understand me, or himself.  He must
first see himself and the hallucination of sin; then he
must repent, and love good in order to understand God.
The sinner and the sin are the twain that are one flesh, -
but which God hath not joined together.


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