Pulpit and Press, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy
Christian Science Textbook
Christian Science Textbook
The following selections from "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures," pages 568-571, were read
from the platform. The impressive stillness of the audience
indicated close attention.
Revelation xii. 10-12. And I heard a loud voice saying in
heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom
of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser
of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our
God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood
of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they
loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye
heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters
of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto
you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath
but a short time.
For victory over a single sin, we give thanks and magnify
the Lord of Hosts. What shall we say of the mighty
conquest over all sin? A louder song, sweeter than has
ever before reached high heaven, now rises clearer and
nearer to the great heart of Christ; for the accuser is not
there, and Love sends forth her primal and everlasting
strain. Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for
Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in
Christian Science. This rule clearly interprets God as
divine Principle, - as Life, represented by the Father;
as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented
by the Mother. Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter,
must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief
in a power opposed to God.
The Scripture, "Thou hast been faithful over a few
things, I will make thee ruler over many," is literally fulfilled,
when we are conscious of the supremacy of Truth,
by which the nothingness of error is seen; and we know
that the nothingness of error is in proportion to its wickedness.
He that touches the hem of Christ's robe and masters
his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof
of healing, - in a sweet and certain sense that God is
Love. Alas for those who break faith with divine Science
and fail to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness!
They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief.
They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift
their heads above the drowning wave.
What must the end be? They must eventually expiate
their sin through suffering. The sin, which one has made
his bosom companion, comes back to him at last with
accelerated force, for the devil knoweth his time is short.
Here the Scriptures declare that evil is temporal, not
eternal. The dragon is at last stung to death by his own
malice; but how many periods of torture it may take to
remove all sin, must depend upon sin's obduracy.
Revelation xii. 13. And when the dragon saw that he was
cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought
forth the man child.
The march of mind and of honest investigation will
bring the hour when the people will chain, with fetters of
some sort, the growing occultism of this period. The
present apathy as to the tendency of certain active yet unseen
mental agencies will finally be shocked into another
extreme mortal mood, - into human indignation; for
one extreme follows another.
Revelation xii. 15, 16. And the serpent cast out of his
mouth water as a flood, after the woman, that he might
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