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

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us see what it is to believe.  It means more than an opinion
entertained concerning Jesus as a man, as the Son of God,
or as God; such an action of mind would be of no more
help to save from sin, than would a belief in any historical
event or person.  But it does mean so to understand the
beauty of holiness, the character and divinity which Jesus
presented in his power to heal and to save, that it will
compel us to pattern after both; in other words, to "let
this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."
(Phil. ii. 5.)
   Mortal man believes in, but does not understand life
in, Christ.  He believes there is another power or intelligence
that rules over a kingdom of its own, that is both
good and evil; yea, that is divided against itself, and therefore
cannot stand.  This belief breaks the First Commandment
of God.
   Let man abjure a theory that is in opposition to God,
recognize God as omnipotent, having all-power; and,
placing his trust in this grand Truth, and working from
no other Principle, he can neither be sick nor forever a

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sinner.  When wholly governed by the one perfect Mind,
man has no sinful thoughts and will have no desire
to sin.
   To arrive at this point of unity of Spirit, God, one must
commence by turning away from material gods; denying
material so-called laws and material sensation, - or mind
in matter, in its varied forms of pleasure and pain.  This
must be done with the understanding that matter has no
sense; thus it is that consciousness silences the mortal
claim to life, substance, or mind in matter, with the words
of Jesus: "When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his
own."  (John viii. 44.)
   When tempted to sin, we should know that evil proceedeth
not from God, good, but is a false belief of the
personal senses; and if we deny the claims of these senses
and recognize man as governed by God, Spirit, not by
material laws, the temptation will disappear.
   On this Principle, disease also is treated and healed.
We know that man's body, as matter, has no power to
govern itself; and a belief of disease is as much the product
of mortal thought as sin is.  All suffering is the fruit
of the tree of the knowledge of both good and evil; of
adherence to the "doubleminded" senses, to some belief,
fear, theory, or bad deed, based on physical material law,
so-called as opposed to good, - all of which is corrected
alone by Science, divine Principle, and its spiritual laws.
Suffering is the supposition of another intelligence than
God; a belief in self-existent evil, opposed to good; and
in whatever seems to punish man for doing good, -
by saying he has overworked, suffered from inclement
weather, or violated a law of matter in doing good, therefore
he must suffer for it.

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   God does not reward benevolence and love with penalties;
and because of this, we have the right to deny the
supposed power of matter to do it, and to allege that only
mortal, erring mind can claim to do thus, and dignify the
result with the name of law:  thence comes man's ability
to annul his own erring mental law, and to hold himself
amenable only to moral and spiritual law, - God's government.
By so doing, male and female come into their
rightful heritage, "into the glorious liberty of the children
of God."

   Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities,
in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake. - 2 Cor.
xii. 10.

   The miracles recorded in the Scriptures illustrate the
life of Jesus as nothing else can; but they cost him the
hatred of the rabbis.  The rulers sought the life of Jesus;

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