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

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   "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures
of silver."  It is a rule in Christian Science never to repeat
error unless it becomes requisite to bring out Truth.
Then lift the curtain, let in the light, and countermand

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this first command of Solomon, "Answer not a fool according
to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him."
   A distant rumbling and quivering of the earth foretell
the internal action of pent-up gas.  To avoid danger from
this source people have to escape from their houses to the
open space.  A conical cloud, hanging like a horoscope
in the air, foreshadows a cyclone.  To escape from this
calamity people prepare shelter in caves of the earth.
   They who discern the face of the skies cannot always
discern the mental signs of these times, and peer through
the opaque error.  Where my vision begins and is clear,
theirs grows indistinct and ends.
   There are diversities of operation by the same spirit.
Two individuals, with all the goodness of generous natures,
advise me.  One says, Go this way; the other
says, Take the opposite direction!  Between the two I
stand still; or, accepting the premonition of one of them,
I follow his counsel, take a few steps, then halt.  A true
sense not unfamiliar has been awakened.  I see the way
now.  The guardians of His presence go before me.  I
enter the path.  It may be smooth, or it may be rugged;
but it is always straight and narrow; and if it be uphill
all the way, the ascent is easy and the summit can
be gained.
   God is responsible for the mission of those whom He
has anointed.  Those who know no will but His take
His hand, and from the night He leads to light.  None
can say unto Him, What doest Thou?
   The Christian Science Journal was the oldest and
only authenticated organ of Christian Science up to
1898.  Loyal Scientists are targets for envy, rivalry,
slander; and whoever hits this mark is well paid by the

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umpire.  But the Scientists aim highest.  They press forward
towards the mark of a high calling.  They recognize
the claims of the law and the gospel.  They know
that whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap.  They
infringe neither the books nor the business of others; and
with hearts overflowing with love for God, they help on the
brotherhood of men.  It is not mine but Thine they seek.
   When God bids one uncover iniquity, in order to
exterminate it, one should lay it bare; and divine Love
will bless this endeavor and those whom it reaches.
"Nothing is hid that shall not be revealed."
   It is only a question of time when God shall reveal His
rod, and show the plan of battle.  Error, left to itself,
accumulates.  Hence, Solomon's transverse command:
"Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in
his own conceit."
   To quench the growing flames of falsehood, once in
about seven years I have to repeat this, - that I use no
drugs whatever, not even coffea (coffee), thea (tea), capsicum
(red pepper); though every day, and especially at
dinner, I indulge in homoeopathic doses of Natrum muriaticum
(common salt).
   When I found myself under this new regime of medicine,
the medicine of Mind, I wanted to satisfy my curiosity
as to the effect of drugs on one who had lost all
faith in them.  Hence I tried several doses of medicine,
and so proved to myself that drugs have no beneficial

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