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

THE WAY
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who, having strayed from the true fold, have lost their
great Shepherd and yearn to find living pastures and
rest beside still waters.  These long for the Christlikeness
that is above the present status of religion and beyond
the walks of common life, quite on the verge of
heaven.  Without the cross and healing, Christianity has
no central emblem, no history.
   The seeds of Truth fall by the wayside, on artless
listeners.  They fall on stony ground and shallow soil.
The fowls of the air pick them up.  Much of what has
been sown has withered away, but what remaineth has
fallen into the good and honest hearts and is bearing
fruit.
   The third stage of mental growth is manifested in love,
the greatest of all stages and states of being; love that
is irrespective of self, rank, or following.  For some time
it has been clear to my thought that those students of
Christian Science whose Christian characters and lives
recommend them, should receive full fellowship from us,
no matter who has taught them.  If they have been taught
wrongly, they are not morally responsible for this, and
need special help.  They are as lambs that have sought
the true fold and the great Shepherd, and strayed innocently;
hence we should be ready and glad to help them
and point the way.
   Divine Love is the substance of Christian Science, the
basis of its demonstration, yea, its foundation and


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superstructure.  Love impels good works.  Love is greatly
needed, and must be had to mark the way in divine
Science.
   The student who heals by teaching and teaches by
healing, will graduate under divine honors, which are
the only appropriate seals for Christian Science.State
honors perish, and their gain is loss to the Christian
Scientist.  They include for him at present naught but
tardy justice, hounded footsteps, false laurels.  God
alone is his help, his shield and great reward.  He that
seeketh aught besides God, loseth in Life, Truth, and
Love.  All men shall be satisfied when they "awake in
His likeness," and they never should be until then.  Human
pride is human weakness.  Self-knowledge, humility,
and love are divine strength.  Christ's vestures are put
on only when mortals are "washed in the blood of the
Lamb;" we must walk in the way which Jesus marked
out, if we would reach the heaven-crowned summit of
Christian Science.
   Be it understood that I do not require Christian Scientists
to stop teaching, to dissolve their organizations,
or to desist from organizing churches and associations.
The Massachusetts Metaphysical College, the first
and only College for teaching Christian Science Mind-healing,
after accomplishing the greatest work of the
ages, and at the pinnacle of prosperity, is closed.  Let
Scientists who have grown to self-sacrifice do their
present work, awaiting, with staff in hand, God's
commands.
   When students have fulfilled all the good ends of
organization, and are convinced that by leaving the
material forms thereof a higher spiritual unity is won,

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then is the time to follow the example of the Alma Mater.
Material organization is requisite in the beginning; but
when it has done its work, the purely Christly method
of teaching and preaching must be adopted.  On the same
principle, you continue the mental argument in the prac-
tice of Christian healing until you can cure without it
instantaneously, and through Spirit alone.
   St. Paul says: "When I was a child, I spake as a
child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:  but
when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For

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