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

Suffering from Others' Thoughts
page 380

Suffering from Others' Thoughts

   Jesus accepted the one fact whereby alone the rule of
Life can be demonstrated, - namely, that there is
no death.
   In his real self he bore no infirmities.  Though "a man
of sorrows, and acquainted with grief," as Isaiah says of
him, he bore not his sins, but ours, "in his own body on
the tree."  "He was bruised for our iniquities; . . . and
with his stripes we are healed."
   He was the Way-shower; and Christian Scientists who
would demonstrate "the way" must keep close to his
path, that they may win the prize.  "The way," in the
flesh, is the suffering which leads out of the flesh.  "The
way," in Spirit, is "the way" of Life, Truth, and Love,
redeeming us from the false sense of the flesh and the
wounds it bears.  This threefold Messiah reveals the self-destroying
ways of error and the life-giving way of Truth.
   Job's faith and hope gained him the assurance that
the so-called sufferings of the flesh are unreal.  We shall
learn how false are the pleasures and pains of material
sense, and behold the truth of being, as expressed in his
conviction, "Yet in my flesh shall I see God;" that is,
Now and here shall I behold God, divine Love.

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   The chaos of mortal mind is made the stepping-stone
to the cosmos of immortal Mind.
   If Jesus suffered, as the Scriptures declare, it must have
been from the mentality of others; since all suffering
comes from mind, not from matter, and there could be
no sin or suffering in the Mind which is God.  Not his
own sins, but the sins of the world, "crucified the Lord
of glory," and "put him to an open shame."
   Holding a quickened sense of false environment, and
suffering from mentality in opposition to Truth, are significant
of that state of mind which the actual understanding
of Christian Science first eliminates and then destroys.
   In the divine order of Science every follower of Christ
shares his cup of sorrows.  He also suffereth in the flesh,
and from the mentality which opposes the law of Spirit;
but the divine law is supreme, for it freeth him from the
law of sin and death.
   Prophets and apostles suffered from the thoughts of
others.  Their conscious being was not fully exempt from
physicality and the sense of sin.
   Until he awakes from his delusion, he suffers least from
sin who is a hardened sinner.  The hypocrite's affections
must first be made to fret in their chains; and the pangs
of hell must lay hold of him ere he can change from flesh
to Spirit, become acquainted with that Love which is
without dissimulation and endureth all things.  Such
mental conditions as ingratitude, lust, malice, hate, constitute
the miasma of earth.  More obnoxious than

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Chinese stenchpots are these dispositions which offend
the spiritual sense.
   Anatomically considered, the design of the material
senses is to warn mortals of the approach of danger by
the pain they feel and occasion; but as this sense disappears
it foresees the impending doom and foretells the
pain.  Man's refuge is in spirituality, "under the shadow
of the Almighty."
   The cross is the central emblem of human history.
Without it there is neither temptation nor glory.  When
Jesus turned and said, "Who hath touched me?" he
must have felt the influence of the woman's thought; for
it is written that he felt that "virtue had gone out of him."
His pure consciousness was discriminating, and rendered

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