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

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
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true sense of Love as God; and in no other way can we
reach this spiritual sense, and rise - and still rise - to
things most essential and divine.  What hinders man's
progress is his vain conceit, the Phariseeism of the times,
also his effort to steal from others and avoid hard work;
errors which can never find a place in Science.  Empirical
knowledge is worse than useless:  it never has advanced
man a single step in the scale of being.
   That one should have ventured on such unfamiliar
ground, and, self-forgetful, should have gone on to establish
this mighty system of metaphysical healing, called
Christian Science, against such odds, - even the entire
current of mortality, - is matter of grave wonderment to
profound thinkers.  That, in addition to this, she has made
some progress, has seen far into the spiritual facts of being
which constitute physical and mental perfection, in
the midst of an age so sunken in sin and sensuality, seems
to them still more inconceivable.
   In this new departure of metaphysics, God is regarded
more as absolute, supreme; and Christ is clad with a
richer illumination as our Saviour from sickness, sin,
and death.  God's fatherliness as Life, Truth, and Love,
makes His sovereignty glorious.


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   By this system, too, man has a changed recognition
of his relation to God.  He is no longer obliged to sin,
be sick, and die to reach heaven, but is required and empowered
to conquer sin, sickness, and death; thus, as
image and likeness, to reflect Him who destroys death
and hell.  By this reflection, man becomes the partaker
of that Mind whence sprang the universe.
   In Christian Science, progress is demonstration, not
doctrine.  This Science is ameliorative and regenerative,
delivering mankind from all error through the light and
love of Truth.  It gives to the race loftier desires and new
possibilities.  It lays the axe at the root of the tree of
knowledge, to cut down all that bringeth not forth good
fruit; "and blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended
in me."  It touches mind to more spiritual issues, systematizes
action, gives a keener sense of Truth and a
stronger desire for it.
   Hungering and thirsting after a better life, we shall
have it, and become Christian Scientists; learn God
aright, and know something of the ideal man, the real
man, harmonious and eternal.  This movement of thought
must push on the ages:  it must start the wheels of reason
aright, educate the affections to higher resources, and
leave Christianity unbiased by the superstitions of a
senior period.



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