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

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He is in nothing unlike Himself; and nothing that
worketh or maketh a lie is in Him, or can be divine
   At this date, poor jaded humanity needs to get her
eyes open to a new style of imposition in the field of
medicine and of religion, and to "beware of the leaven
of the scribes and Pharisees," the doctrines of men, even
as Jesus admonished.  From first to last, evil insists on
the unity of good and evil as the purpose of God; and
on drugs, electricity, and animal magnetism as modes
of medicine.  To a greater or less extent, all mortal conclusions
start from this false premise, and they necessarily
culminate in sickness, sin, disease, and death.
Erroneous doctrines never have abated and never will
abate dishonesty, self-will, envy, and lust.  To destroy
sin and its sequence, is the office of Christ, Truth, - according
to His mode of Christian Science; and this is
being done daily.
   The false theories whose names are legion, gilded with
sophistry and what Jesus had not, namely, mere book-learning,

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- letter without law, gospel, or demonstration,
- have no place in Christian Science.  This Science requires
man to be honest, just, pure; to love his neighbor
as himself, and to love God supremely.
   Matter and evil are subjective states of error or mortal
mind.  But Mind is immortal; and the fact of there
being no mortal mind, exposes the lie of suppositional
evil, showing that error is not Mind, substance, or
Life.  Thus, whatever is wrongfully-minded will disappear
in the proportion that Science is understood,
and the reality of being - goodness and harmony - is
   Error says that knowing all things implies the necessity
of knowing evil, that it dishonors God to claim that
He is ignorant of anything; but God says of this fruit
of the tree of knowledge of both good and evil, "In the
day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die."  If
God is infinite good, He knows nothing but good; if He
did know aught else, He would not be infinite.  Infinite
Mind knows nothing beyond Himself or Herself.  To
good, evil is never present; for evil is a different state of
consciousness.  It was not against evil, but against knowing
evil, that God forewarned.  He dwelleth in light;
and in the light He sees light, and cannot see darkness.
The opposite conclusion, that darkness dwelleth in light,
has neither precedent nor foundation in nature, in logic,
or in the character of Christ.
   The senses would say that whatever saves from sin,
must know sin.  Truth replies that God is too pure
to behold iniquity; and by virtue of His ignorance of
that which is not, He knoweth that which is, and
abideth in Himself, the only Life, Truth, and Love,

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- and is reflected by a universe in His own image
and likeness.
   Even so, Father, let the light that shineth in darkness,
and the darkness comprehendeth it not, dispel this
illusion of the senses, open the eyes of the blind, and cause
the deaf to hear.

     "Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne.
     Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
     Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own."

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