Unity of Good, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

Personal Statements
page 375


Personal Statements




   Many misrepresentations are made concerning my
doctrines, some of which are as unkind and unjust
as they are untrue; but I can only repeat the Master's
words: "They know not what they do."
   The foundations of these assertions, like the structure
raised thereupon, are vain shadows, repeating - if the
popular couplet may be so paraphrased -


        The old, old story,
      Of Satan and his lie.


   In the days of Eden, humanity was misled by a false
personality, - a talking snake, - according to Biblical
history.  This pretender taught the opposite of Truth.
This abortive ego, this fable of error, is laid bare in
Christian Science.
   Human theories call, or miscall, this evil a child of God.
Philosophy would multiply and subdivide personality into
everything that exists, whether expressive or not expressive
of the Mind which is God.  Human wisdom says of evil,
"The Lord knows it!" thus carrying out the serpent's
assurance: "In the day ye eat thereof hen you, lie, get
the floor], then your eyes shall be opened ou shall be
conscious matter], and ye shall be as gods, knowing good

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and evil ou shall believe a lie, and this lie shall seem
truth]."
   Bruise the head of this serpent, as Truth and "the
woman" are doing in Christian Science, and it stings
your heel, rears its crest proudly, and goes on saying, "Am
I not myself?  Am I not mind and matter, person and
thing?"  We should answer: "Yes! you are indeed yourself,
and need most of all to be rid of this self, for it is
very far from God's likeness."
   The egotist must come down and learn, in humility,
that God never made evil.  An evil ego, and his assumed
power, are falsities.  These falsities need a denial.  The
falsity is the teaching that matter can be conscious; and
conscious matter implies pantheism.  This pantheism I
unveil.  I try to show its all-pervading presence in certain
forms of theology and philosophy, where it becomes error's
affirmative to Truth's negative.  Anatomy and physiology
make mind-matter a habitant of the cerebellum, whence
it telegraphs and telephones over its own body, and goes
forth into an imaginary sphere of its own creation and
limitation, until it finally dies in order to better itself.
But Truth never dies, and death is not the goal which
Truth seeks.
   The evil ego has but the visionary substance of matter.
It lacks the substance of Spirit, - Mind, Life, Soul.  Mortal
mind is self-creative and self-sustained, until it becomes
non-existent.  It has no origin or existence in Spirit, immortal
Mind, or good.  Matter is not truly conscious; and

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mortal error, called mind, is not Godlike.  These are the
shadowy and false, which neither think nor speak.
   All Truth is from inspiration and revelation, - from
Spirit, not from flesh.
   We do not see much of the real man here, for he is
God's man; while ours is man's man.
   I do not deny, I maintain, the individuality and reality
of man; but I do so on a divine Principle, not based on a
human conception and birth.  The scientific man and his
Maker are here; and you would be none other than this
man, if you would subordinate the fleshly perceptions to
the spiritual sense and source of being.
   Jesus said, "I and my Father are one."  He taught no
selfhood as existent in matter.  In his identity there is no

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