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

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   Evil counterfeits good:  it says, "I am Truth," though
it is a lie; it says, "I am Love," - but Love is spiritual,
and sensuous love is material, wherefore it is hate
instead of Love; for the five senses give to mortals pain,
sickness, sin, and death, - pleasure that is false, life that
leads unto death, joy that becomes sorrow.  Love that is
not the procurator of happiness, declares itself the antipode
of Love; and Love divine punishes the joys of this
false sense of love, chastens its affection, purifies it, and
turns it into the opposite channels.
   Material life is the antipode of spiritual life; it mocks

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the bliss of spiritual being; it is bereft of permanence and
   When human sense is quickened to behold aright the
error, - the error of regarding Life, Truth, Love as
material and not spiritual, or as both material and spiritual,
- it is able for the first time to discern the Science
of good.  But it must first see the error of its present
erroneous course, to be able to behold the facts of Truth
outside of the error; and, vice versa, when it discovers
the truth, this uncovers the error and quickens the true
consciousness of God, good.  May the human shadows of
thought lengthen as they approach the light, until they
are lost in light and no night is there!
   In Science, sickness is healed upon the same Principle
and by the same rule that sin is healed.  To know the
supposed bodily belief of the patient and what has claimed
to produce it, enables the practitioner to act more understandingly
in destroying this belief.  Thus it is in healing
the moral sickness; the malicious mental operation
must be understood in order to enable one to destroy
it and its effects.  There is not sufficient spiritual power
in the human thought to heal the sick or the sinful.
Through the divine energies alone one must either get
out of himself and into God so far that his consciousness
is the reflection of the divine, or he must, through argument
and the human consciousness of both evil and good,
overcome evil.
   The only difference between the healing of sin and the
healing of sickness is, that sin must be uncovered before
it can be destroyed, and the moral sense be aroused to
reject the sense of error; while sickness must be covered
with the veil of harmony, and the consciousness be

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allowed to rejoice in the sense that it has nothing to mourn
over, but something to forget.
   Human concepts run in extremes; they are like the
action of sickness, which is either an excess of action or
not action enough; they are fallible; they are neither
standards nor models.
   If one asks me, Is my concept of you right? I reply, The
human concept is always imperfect; relinquish your human
concept of me, or of any one, and find the divine, and you
have gained the right one - and never until then.  People
give me too much attention of the misguided, fallible sort,
and this misrepresents one through malice or ignorance.
   My brother was a manufacturer; and one day a workman
in his mills, a practical joker, set a man who applied
for work, in the overseer's absence, to pour a bucket of
water every ten minutes on the regulator.  When my
brother returned and saw it, he said to the jester, "You
must pay that man."  Some people try to tend folks, as
if they should steer the regulator of mankind.  God makes
us pay for tending the action that He adjusts.
   The regulator is governed by the principle that makes

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