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

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   God's ways are not ours.  His pity is expressed in
modes above the human.  His chastisements are the
manifestations of Love.  The sympathy of His eternal
Mind is fully expressed in divine Science, which blots
out all our iniquities and heals all our diseases.  Human
pity often brings pain.
   Science supports harmony, denies suffering, and destroys
it with the divinity of Truth.  Whatever seems material,
seems thus only to the material senses, and is but the
subjective state of mortal and material thought.
   Science has inaugurated the irrepressible conflict between
sense and Soul.  Mortal thought wars with this
sense as one that beateth the air, but Science outmasters
it, and ends the warfare.  This proves daily that "one
on God's side is a majority."
   Science defines omnipresence as universality, that which

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precludes the presence of evil.  This verity annuls the testimony
of the senses, which say that sin is an evil power,
and substance is perishable.  Intelligent Spirit, Soul, is
substance, far more impregnable and solid than matter; for
one is temporal, while the other is eternal, the ultimate
and predicate of being.
   Mortality, materiality, and destructive forces, such as
sin, disease, and death, mortals virtually name substance;
but these are the substance of things not hoped for.  For
lack of knowing what substance is, the senses say vaguely:
"The substance of life is sorrow and mortality; for who
knoweth the substance of good?"  In Science, form and
individuality are never lost, thoughts are outlined, individualized
ideas, which dwell forever in the divine Mind
as tangible, true substance, because eternally conscious.
Unlike mortal mind, which must be ever in bondage,
the eternal Mind is free, unlimited, and knows not the
   Neither does the temporal know the eternal.  Mortal
man, as mind or matter, is neither the pattern nor Maker
of immortal man.  Any inference of the divine derived
from the human, either as mind or body, hides the actual
power, presence, and individuality of God.
   Jesus' personality in the flesh, so far as material sense
could discern it, was like that of other men; but Science
exchanges this human concept of Jesus for the divine
ideal, his spiritual individuality that reflected the Immanuel,
or "God with us."  This God was not outlined.
He was too mighty for that.  He was eternal Life, infinite
Truth and Love.  The individuality is embraced in Mind,
therefore is forever with the Father.  Hence the Scripture,
"I am a God at hand, saith the Lord."  Even while

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his personality was on earth and in anguish, his individual
being, the Christ, was at rest in the eternal harmony.
His unseen individuality, so superior to that which was
seen, was not subject to the temptations of the flesh, to
laws material, to death, or the grave.  Formed and governed
by God, this individuality was safe in the substance
of Soul, the substance of Spirit, - yea, the substance of
God, the one inclusive good.
   In Science all being is individual; for individuality is
endless in the calculus of forms and numbers.  Herein
sin is miraculous and supernatural; for it is not in the
nature of God, and good is forever good.  According
to Christian Science, perfection is normal, - not
miraculous.  Clothed, and in its right Mind, man's
individuality is sinless, deathless, harmonious, eternal.
His materiality, clad in a false mentality, wages feeble
fight with his individuality, - his physical senses with
his spiritual senses.  The latter move in God's grooves

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