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

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   Men give counsel; but they give not the wisdom to
profit by it.  To ask wisdom of God, is the beginning of

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   Meekness, moderating human desire, inspires wisdom
and procures divine power.  Human lives are yet uncarved,
- in the rough marble, encumbered with crude,
rude fragments, and awaiting the hammering, chiselling,
and transfiguration from His hand.
   Great only as good, because fashioned divinely, were
those unpretentious yet colossal characters, Paul and
Jesus.  Theirs were modes of mind cast in the moulds
of Christian Science:  Paul's, by the supremely natural
transforming power of Truth; and the character of
Jesus, by his original scientific sonship with God.  Philosophy
never has produced, nor can it reproduce, these
stars of the first magnitude - fixed stars in the heavens
of Soul.  When shall earth be crowned with the true
knowledge of Christ?
   When Christian Science has melted away the cloud of
false witnesses; and the dews of divine grace, falling
upon the blighted flowers of fleeting joys, shall
lift every thought-leaflet Spiritward; and "Israel after
the flesh," who partaketh of its own altars, shall be
no more, - then, "the Israel according to Spirit"
shall fill earth with the divine energies, understanding,
and ever-flowing tides of spiritual sensation and
   When mortal mind is silenced by the "still, small voice"
of Truth that regenerates philosophy and logic; and
Jesus, as the true idea of Him, is heard as of yore saying
to sensitive ears and dark disciples, "I came from the
Father," "Before Abraham was, I am," coexistent and
coeternal with God, - and this idea is understood, -
then will the earth be filled with the true knowledge of
Christ.  No advancing modes of human mind made

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Jesus; rather was it their subjugation, and the pure
heart that sees God.
   When the belief in material origin, mortal mind, sensual
conception, dissolves through self-imposed suffering,
and its substances are found substanceless, - then its
miscalled life ends in death, and death itself is swallowed
up in Life, - spiritual Life, whose myriad forms are
neither material nor mortal.
   When every form and mode of evil disappear to human
thought, and mollusk and radiate are spiritual concepts
testifying to one creator, - then, earth is full of
His glory, and Christian Science has overshadowed all
human philosophy, and being is understood in startling
contradiction of human hypotheses; and Socrates, Plato,
Kant, Locke, Berkeley, Tyndall, Darwin, and Spencer
sit at the feet of Jesus.
   To this great end, Paul admonished, "Let us lay aside
every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before
us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith."  So shall mortals soar to final freedom, and rest
from the subtlety of speculative wisdom and human
   God is the only Mind, and His manifestation is the
spiritual universe, including man and all eternal
individuality.  God, the only substance and divine Principle
of creation, is by no means a creative partner in the firm
of error, named matter, or mortal mind.  He elucidates
His own idea, wherein Principle and idea, God and man,
are not one, but are inseparable as cause and effect.  If
one, who could say which that "one" was?
   His ways are not as our ways.  The divine modes

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and manifestations are not those of the material senses;

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