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

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   It is often asked, Why are faith-cures sometimes more
speedy than some of the cures wrought through Christian
Scientists?  Because faith is belief, and not understanding;
and it is easier to believe, than to understand
spiritual Truth.  It demands less cross-bearing, self-renunciation,
and divine Science to admit the claims of
the corporeal senses and appeal to God for relief through
a humanized conception of His power, than to deny these
claims and learn the divine way, - drinking Jesus' cup,
being baptized with his baptism, gaining the end through
persecution and purity.
   Millions are believing in God, or good, without bearing
the fruits of goodness, not having reached its Science.
Belief is virtually blindness, when it admits Truth without
understanding it.  Blind belief cannot say with the
apostle, "I know whom I have believed."  There is danger
in this mental state called belief; for if Truth is admitted,
but not understood, it may be lost, and error may enter
through this same channel of ignorant belief.  The faith-cure
has devout followers, whose Christian practice is far
in advance of their theory.
   The work of healing, in the Science of Mind, is the most
sacred and salutary power which can be wielded.  My
Christian students, impressed with the true sense of the

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great work before them, enter this strait and narrow path,
and work conscientiously.
   Let us follow the example of Jesus, the master Metaphysician,
and gain sufficient knowledge of error to destroy
it with Truth.  Evil is not mastered by evil; it can only
be overcome with good.  This brings out the nothingness
of evil and the eternal somethingness, vindicates the divine
Principle, and improves the race of Adam.

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