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

HOW TO UNDERSTAND SCIENCE AND HEALTH
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of a known Principle.
   It always did seem to me that Truth should be self-evident,
or at least susceptible of unmistakable proof, -
which all religions seemed to lack, at least in so far as I
had known them.  I now remember that Jesus furnished
unmistakable proofs of the truth of his teachings, by his
manifestations of the power of Mind, or, as some might
call it, Spirit; which power he plainly taught would be
acquired by those who believed in the Principle which he
taught, and which manifestations would follow as signs


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that an understanding of his philosophy had been reached.
It does seem to me, that where the signs do not follow
professing Christians which Christ said should follow
them, there must be something wrong, either in his teachings
or their understanding of them; and to say the
least, the foundations of their faith require a careful reexamination,
with a view to harmonizing them with the
plain teachings of the Christ in whose footsteps they
profess to follow.
   I never could understand how God could be ever-present
as a personal Being, but I think I can and do understand
how divine Principle can pervade every thing and
place.
   I never could understand how heaven could be a place
with gorgeous fittings, but I think I can and do understand
how it might be a spiritual (or if you please mental)
condition.  Jesus said, "The kingdom of God cometh
not with observation:  neither shall they say, Lo here!
or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within
you."
   "Knowledge (or understanding) is power."  Since
adopting the views of life as set forth in "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures," I have seen proofs
of what can be accomplished through a knowledge of the
truth, which to my mind amount to demonstrations, and
which no longer seem incredible, but which I do not ask
another to accept upon my statements.  Every one must
see or feel for himself in order to be convinced; but I
am satisfied that any who will lay aside their preconceived
notions, and deal honestly with themselves and the light
they have, will come to a knowledge of the truth as illustrated
in the teachings and life of Jesus Christ; that is,

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that Mind, or Soul, or whatever you may be pleased to
call it, is the real Ego, or self, and that mortal mind with
its body is the unreal and vanishing, and eventually goes
back to its native nothingness.
   Truth is, and ever has been, simple; and because of
its utter simplicity, we in our pride and selfishness have
been looking right over it.  We have been keeping our
eyes turned toward the sky, scanning the heavens with
a far-off gaze in search of light, expecting to see the
truth blaze forth like some great comet, or in some extraordinary
manner; and when, instead of coming in
great pomp and splendor, it appears in the simpleness
of demonstration, we are staggered at it, and refuse to
accept it; our intellectual pride is shocked, and we are
sure that there has been some mistake.  Human nature
is ever the same.  The Jews were looking for something
transcendently wonderful, and the absence of it made
the Christ, Truth, to them a stumbling-block.  It was
foolishness to the Greeks, who excelled in the worldly
wisdom of that day; but in all ages of the world it has
ever been the power of God to them that believe, not
blindly, but because of an enlightened understanding.
   I always did think that there was something beautiful
in the philosophy of life as taught by Jesus Christ, but
that it was impracticable and not susceptible of application
to the affairs of life in a world constituted as this
appeared to be.  As I now view it, that belief was the

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