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

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spirit;" for she beheld the meaning of those words

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of our Master, "The last shall be first, and the first
   When, as little children, we are receptive, become
willing to accept the divine Principle and rule of being,
as unfolded in divine Science, the interpretation therein
will be found to be the Comforter that leadeth into all
   The meek Nazarene's steadfast and true knowledge of
preexistence, of the nature and the inseparability of God
and man, - made him mighty.  Spiritual insight of
Truth and Love antidotes and destroys the errors of flesh,
and brings to light the true reflection:  man as God's
image, or "the first man," for Christ plainly declared,
through Jesus, "Before Abraham was, I am."
   The supposition that Soul, or Mind, is breathed into
matter, is a pantheistic doctrine that presents a false
sense of existence, and the quickening spirit takes it
away:  revealing, in place thereof, the power and perfection
of a released sense of Life in God and Life as
God.  The Scriptures declare Life to be the infinite I
AM, - not a dweller in matter.  For man to know Life
as it is, namely God, the eternal good, gives him not
merely a sense of existence, but an accompanying consciousness
of spiritual power that subordinates matter
and destroys sin, disease, and death.  This, Jesus demonstrated;
insomuch that St. Matthew wrote, "The people
were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them
as one having authority, and not as the scribes."  This
spiritual power, healing sin and sickness, was not confined
to the first century; it extends to all time, inhabits
eternity, and demonstrates Life without beginning or

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   Atomic action is Mind, not matter.  It is neither the
energy of matter, the result of organization, nor the outcome
of life infused into matter:  it is infinite Spirit, Truth,
Life, defiant of error or matter.  Divine Science demonstrates
Mind as dispelling a false sense and giving the
true sense of itself, God, and the universe; wherein the
mortal evolves not the immortal, nor does the material
ultimate in the spiritual; wherein man is coexistent with
Mind, and is the recognized reflection of infinite Life and

   And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb.  And it came to
pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake. - Luke xi. 14.

   The meaning of the term "devil" needs yet to be
learned.  Its definition as an individual is too limited
and contradictory.  When the Scripture is understood,
the spiritual signification of its terms will be understood,
and will contradict the interpretations that the senses
give them; and these terms will be found to include the
inspired meaning.
   It could not have been a person that our great Master
cast out of another person; therefore the devil herein
referred to was an impersonal evil, or whatever worketh
ill.  In this case it was the evil of dumbness, an error of
material sense, cast out by the spiritual truth of being;
namely, that speech belongs to Mind instead of matter,
and the wrong power, or the lost sense, must yield to the
right sense, and exist in Mind.
   In the Hebrew, "devil" is denominated Abaddon; in
the Greek, Apollyon, serpent, liar, the god of this world,
etc.  The apostle Paul refers to this personality of evil
as "the god of this world;" and then defines this god

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as "dishonesty, craftiness, handling the word of God
deceitfully."  The Hebrew embodies the term "devil"
in another term, serpent, - which the senses are supposed

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