Retrospection and Introspection, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   It is well to know, dear reader, that our material, mortal
history is but the record of dreams, not of man's real existence,
and the dream has no place in the Science of being.
It is "as a tale that is told," and "as the shadow when it
declineth."  The heavenly intent of earth's shadows is to
chasten the affections, to rebuke human consciousness and
turn it gladly from a material, false sense of life and happiness,
to spiritual joy and true estimate of being.
   The awakening from a false sense of life, substance, and
mind in matter, is as yet imperfect; but for those lucid
and enduring lessons of Love which tend to this result,
I bless God.
   Mere historic incidents and personal events are frivolous
and of no moment, unless they illustrate the ethics of
Truth.  To this end, but only to this end, such narrations
may be admissible and advisable; but if spiritual conclusions
are separated from their premises, the nexus is
lost, and the argument, with its rightful conclusions, becomes

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correspondingly obscure.  The human history needs
to be revised, and the material record expunged.
   The Gospel narratives bear brief testimony even to the
life of our great Master.  His spiritual noumenon and
phenomenon silenced portraiture.  Writers less wise than
the apostles essayed in the Apocryphal New Testament
a legendary and traditional history of the early life of
Jesus.  But St. Paul summarized the character of Jesus
as the model of Christianity, in these words: "Consider
him that endured such contradiction of sinners against
himself."  "Who for the joy that was set before him endured
the cross, despising the shame, and is set down
at the right hand of the throne of God."
   It may be that the mortal life-battle still wages, and
must continue till its involved errors are vanquished by
victory-bringing Science; but this triumph will come!
God is over all.  He alone is our origin, aim, and being.
The real man is not of the dust, nor is he ever created
through the flesh; for his father and mother are the one
Spirit, and his brethren are all the children of one parent,
the eternal good.

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