No and Yes, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   Disease is more than imagination; it is a human error,
a constituent part of what comprise the whole of mortal
existence, - namely, material sensation and mental delusion.
But an erring sense of existence, or the error of
belief, named disease, never made sickness a stubborn
reality.  On the ground that harmony is the truth of being,
the Science of Mind-healing destroys the feasibility
of disease; hence error of thought becomes fable instead
of fact.  Science demonstrates the reality of Truth and
the unreality of the error.  A self-evident proposition, in
the Science of Mind-healing, is that disease is unreal;
and the efficacy of my system, beyond other systems of
medicine, vouches for the validity of that statement.  Sin
and disease are not scientific, because they embody not
the idea of divine Principle, and are not the phenomena
of the immutable laws of God; and they do not arise
from the divine consciousness and true constituency of
   The unreality of sin, disease, and death, rests on the
exclusive truth that being, to be eternal, must be
harmonious. All disease must be - and can only be - healed

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on this basis.  All true Christian Scientists are vindicating,
fearlessly and honestly, the Principle of this grand
verity of Mind-healing.
   In erring mortal thought the reality of Truth has an
antipode, - the reality of error; and disease is one of the
severe realities of this error.  God has no opposite in
Science.  To Truth there is no error.  As Truth alone is
real, then it follows that to declare error real would be to
make it Truth.  Disease arises from a false and material
sense, from the belief that matter has sensation.  Therefore
this material sense, which is untrue, is of necessity
unreal.  Moreover, this unreal sense substitutes for Truth
an unreal belief, - namely, that life and health are independent
of God, and dependent on material conditions.
Material sense also avers that Spirit, or Truth, cannot
restore health and perpetuate life, but that material conditions
can and do destroy both human health and life.
   If disease is as real as health, and is itself a state of
being, and yet is arrayed against being, then Mind, or
God, does not meddle with it.  Disease becomes indeed a
stubborn reality, and man is mortal.  A "kingdom divided
against itself is brought to desolation;" therefore the mind
that attacks a normal and real condition of man, is profanely
tampering with the realities of God and His laws.
Metaphysical healing is a lost jewel in this misconception
of reality.  Any contradictory fusion of Truth with error,
in both theory and practice, prevents one from healing
scientifically, and makes the last state of one's patients

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worse than the first.  If disease is real it is not illusive,
and it certainly would contradict the Science of Mind-healing
to attempt to destroy the realities of Mind in order
to heal the sick.
   On the theory that God's formations are spiritual, harmonious,
and eternal, and that God is the only creator,
Christian Science refutes the validity of the testimony of
the senses, which take cognizance of their own phenomena,
- sickness, disease, and death.  This refutation is indispensable
to the destruction of false evidence, and the
consequent cure of the sick, - as all understand who
practise the true Science of Mind-healing.  If, as the
error indicates, the evidence of disease is not false, then
disease cannot be healed by denying its validity; and this

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