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

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handle it in Science.  The diabolism of suppositional
evil at work in the name of good, is a lie of the highest
degree of nothingness:  just reduce this falsity to its proper
denomination, and you have done with it.
   How shall we treat a negation, or error - by means
of matter, or Mind?  Is matter Truth?  No!  Then it
cannot antidote error.
   Can belief destroy belief?  No:  understanding is required
to do this.  By the substitution of Truth demonstrated,
Science remedies the ills of material beliefs.
   Because I have uncovered evil, and dis-covered for
you divine Science, which saith, "Be not overcome of
evil, but overcome evil with good," and you have not
loved sufficiently to understand this Golden Rule and
demonstrate the might of perfect Love that casteth out

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all fear, shall you turn away from this divine Principle
to graven images?  Remember the Scripture: -
   "But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart,
My lord delayeth his coming;
   "And shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to
eat and drink with the drunken;
   "The lord of that servant shall come in a day when
he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not
aware of,
   "And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion
with the hypocrites."
   One mercilessly assails me for opposing the subtle lie,
others charge upon me with full-fledged invective for, as
they say, having too much charity; but neither moves
me from the path made luminous by divine Love.
   In my public works I lay bare the ability, in belief, of
evil to break the Decalogue, - to murder, steal, commit
adultery, and so on.  Those who deny my wisdom or
right to expose error, are either willing participants in
wrong, afraid of its supposed power, or ignorant of it.
   The notion that one is covering iniquity by asserting
its nothingness, is a fault of zealots, who, like Peter,
sleep when the Watcher bids them watch, and when the
hour of trial comes would cut off somebody's ears.  Such
people say, "Would you have me get out of a burning
house, or stay in it?"
   I would have you already out, and know that you are
out; also, to remember the Scripture concerning those
who do evil that good may come, - "whose damnation
is just;" and that whoso departeth from divine Science,
seeking power or good aside from God, has done himself

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   Mind is supreme:  Love is the master of hate; Truth,
the victor over a lie.  Hath not Science voiced this lesson
to you, - that evil is powerless, that a lie is never
true?  It is your province to wrestle with error, to handle
the serpent and bruise its head; but you cannot, as a
Christian Scientist, resort to stones and clubs, - yea, to
matter, - to kill the serpent of a material mind.
   Do you love that which represents God most, His highest
idea as seen to-day?  No!
   Then you would hate Jesus if you saw him personally,
and knew your right obligations towards him.  He would
insist on the rule and demonstration of divine Science:
even that you first cast out your own dislike and hatred
of God's idea, - the beam in your own eye that hinders
your seeing clearly how to cast the mote of evil out of
other eyes.  You cannot demonstrate the Principle of
Christian Science and not love its idea:  we gather not
grapes of thorns, nor figs of thistles.
   Where art thou?

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