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

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man (Mark viii.) he is said to have spat upon the dust.
Spitting was the Hebrew method of expressing the utmost
contempt.  So Jesus is recorded as having expressed
contempt for the belief of material eyes as having any
power to see.  Having eyes, ye see not; and ears, ye hear
not, he had just told them.  The putting on of hands
mentioned, she explained as the putting forth of power.
"Hand," in Bible usage, often means spiritual power.

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"His hand is not shortened that it cannot save," can
never be wrested from its true meaning to signify human
hands.  Jesus' first effort to realize Truth was not wholly
successful; but he rose to the occasion with the second
attempt, and the blind saw clearly.  To suppose that
Jesus did actually anoint the blind man's eyes with his
spittle, is as absurd as to think, according to the report
of some, that Christian Scientists sit in back-to-back
seances with their patients, for the divine power to filter
from vertebrae to vertebrae.  When one comes to the age
with spiritual translations of God's messages, expressed
in literal or physical terms, our right action is not to condemn
and deny, but to "try the spirits" and see what
manner they are of.  This does not mean communing
with spirits supposed to have departed from the earth,
but the seeking out of the basis upon which are accomplished
the works by which the new teacher would prove
his right to be heard.  By these signs are the true disciples
of the Master known: the sick are healed; to the poor
the gospel is preached.

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