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

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of a serpent is to hide itself.  The wisdom of God, as
revealed in Christian Science, brings the serpent out of
its hole, handles it, and takes away its sting.  Good deeds
are harmless.  He who has faith in woman's special adaptability
to lead on Christian Science, will not be shocked
when she puts her foot on the head of the serpent, as it
biteth at the heel.
   Intemperance begets a belief of disordered brains,
membranes, stomach, and nerves; and this belief serves
to uncover and kill this lurking serpent, intemperance,
that hides itself under the false pretense of human need,
innocent enjoyment, and a medical prescription.  The
belief in venereal diseases tears the black mask from the
shameless brow of licentiousness, torments its victim, and
thus may save him from his destroyer.
   Charity has the courage of conviction; it may suffer
long, but has neither the cowardice nor the foolhardiness
to cover iniquity.  Charity is Love; and Love opens
the eyes of the blind, rebukes error, and casts it out.
Charity never flees before error, lest it should suffer
from an encounter.  Love your enemies, or you will not

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lose them; and if you love them, you will help to reform
   Christ points the way of salvation.  His mode is not
cowardly, uncharitable, nor unwise, but it teaches mortals
to handle serpents and cast out evil.  Our own vision
must be clear to open the eyes of others, else the blind
will lead the blind and both shall fall.  The sickly charity
that supplies criminals with bouquets has been dealt
with summarily by the good judgment of people in
the old Bay State.  Inhuman medical bills, class legislation,
and Salem witchcraft, are not indigenous to her
   "Out of the depths have I delivered thee."  The
drowning man just rescued from the merciless wave is
unconscious of suffering.  Why, then, do you break his
peace and cause him to suffer in coming to life?  Because
you wish to save him from death.  Then, if a criminal
is at peace, is he not to be pitied and brought back to
life?  Or, are you afraid to do this lest he suffer, trample
on your pearls of thought, and turn on you and rend you?
Cowardice is selfishness.  When one protects himself at
his neighbor's cost, let him remember, "Whosoever will
save his life shall lose it."  He risks nothing who obeys
the law of God, and shall find the Life that cannot be
   Our Master said, "Ye shall drink indeed of my cup."
Jesus stormed sin in its citadels and kept peace with
God.  He drank this cup giving thanks, and he said to
his followers, "Drink ye all of it," - drink it all, and let
all drink of it.  He lived the spirit of his prayer, - "Thy
kingdom come."  Shall we repeat our Lord's Prayer
when the heart denies it, refuses to bear the cross and

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to fulfil the conditions of our petition?  Human policy
is a fool that saith in his heart, "No God" - a caressing
Judas that betrays you, and commits suicide.  This godless
policy never knows what happiness is, and how it is
   Jesus did his work, and left his glorious career for our
example.  On the shore of Gennesaret he tersely reminded
his students of their worldly policy.  They had
suffered, and seen their error.  This experience caused
them to remember the reiterated warning of their Master
and cast their nets on the right side.  When they
were fit to be blest, they received the blessing.  The
ultimatum of their human sense of ways and means
ought to silence ours.  One step away from the direct
line of divine Science cost them - what?  A speedy return

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