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

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   What figure is less favorable than a wolf in sheep's
clothing?  The braying donkey whose ears stick out is
less troublesome.  What manner of man is it that has
discovered an improvement on Christian Science, a "metaphysical
healing" by which error destroys error, and
would gather all sorts into a "national convention" by
the sophistry that such is the true fold for Christian healers,
since the good shepherd cares for all?
   Yes; the good Shepherd does care for all, and His
first care is to separate the sheep from the goats; and

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this is among the first lessons on healing taught by our
great Master.
   If, as the gentleman aforesaid states, large flocks of
metaphysicians are wandering about without a leader,
what has opened his eyes to see the need of taking them
out of the care of the great Shepherd, and behold the
remedy, to help them by his own leadership?  Is it that
he can guide Christian Scientists better than they, through
the guidance of our common Father, can guide themselves?
or is it that they are incapable of helping themselves
   I as their teacher can say, They know far more of
Christian Science than he who deprecates their condition
appears to, and my heart pleads for them to possess
more and more of Truth and Love; but mixing all grades
of persons is not productive of the better sort, although
he who has self-interest in this mixing is apt to propose
   Whoever desires to say, "good right, and good wrong,"
has no truth to defend.  It is a wise saying that "men
are known by their enemies."  To sympathize in any
degree with error, is not to rectify it; but error always
strives to unite, in a definition of purpose, with Truth,
to give it buoyancy.  What is under the mask, but error
in borrowed plumes?

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