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

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they would extinguish whatever denied and defied their
superstition.  We learn somewhat of the qualities of the
divine Mind through the human Jesus.  The power of
his transcendent goodness is manifest in the control it
gave him over the qualities opposed to Spirit which mortals
name matter.
   The Principle of these marvellous works is divine; but
the actor was human.  This divine Principle is discerned
in Christian Science, as we advance in the spiritual understanding
that all substance, Life, and intelligence are
God.  The so-called miracles contained in Holy Writ are
neither supernatural nor preternatural; for God is good,
and goodness is more natural than evil.  The marvellous
healing-power of goodness is the outflowing life of Christianity,
and it characterized and dated the Christian era.

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   It was the consummate naturalness of Truth in the
mind of Jesus, that made his healing easy and
instantaneous.  Jesus regarded good as the normal state of man,
and evil as the abnormal; holiness, life, and health as
the better representatives of God than sin, disease, and
death.  The master Metaphysician understood omnipotence
to be All-power:  because Spirit was to him All-in-all,
matter was palpably an error of premise and
conclusion, while God was the only substance, Life,
and intelligence of man.
   The apostle Paul insists on the rare rule in Christian
Science that we have chosen for a text; a rule that is susceptible
of proof, and is applicable to every stage and
state of human existence.  The divine Science of this rule
is quite as remote from the general comprehension of mankind
as are the so-called miracles of our Master, and for
the sole reason that it is their basis.  The foundational
facts of Christian Science are gathered from the supremacy
of spiritual law and its antagonism to every supposed material
law.  Christians to-day should be able to say, with
the sweet sincerity of the apostle, "I take pleasure in
infirmities," - I enjoy the touch of weakness, pain, and
all suffering of the flesh, because it compels me to seek the
remedy for it, and to find happiness, apart from the personal
senses.  The holy calm of Paul's well-tried hope
met no obstacle or circumstances paramount to the triumph
of a reasonable faith in the omnipotence of good,
involved in its divine Principle, God: the so-called pains
and pleasures of matter were alike unreal to Jesus; for he
regarded matter as only a vagary of mortal belief, and subdued
it with this understanding.
   The abstract statement that all is Mind, supports the

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entire wisdom of the text; and this statement receives
the mortal scoff only because it meets the immortal demands
of Truth.  The Science of Paul's declaration resolves
the element misnamed matter into its original sin,
or human will; that will which would oppose bringing the
qualities of Spirit into subjection to Spirit.  Sin brought
death; and death is an element of matter, or material
falsity, never of Spirit.
   When Jesus reproduced his body after its burial, he
revealed the myth or material falsity of evil; its powerlessness
to destroy good, and the omnipotence of the
Mind that knows this:  he also showed forth the error
and nothingness of supposed life in matter, and the great
somethingness of the good we possess, which is of Spirit,
and immortal.
   Understanding this, Paul took pleasure in infirmities,
for it enabled him to triumph over them, - he declared
that "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath
made me free from the law of sin and death;" he took
pleasure in "reproaches" and "persecutions," because

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