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

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   The rule of divinity is golden; to be wise and true rejoices
every heart.  But evil influences waver the scales
of justice and mercy.  No personal considerations should
allow any root of bitterness to spring up between Christian
Scientists, nor cause any misapprehension as to the
motives of others.  We must love our enemies, and continue
to do so unto the end.  By the love of God we can
cancel error in our own hearts, and blot it out of others.
   Sooner or later the eyes of sinful mortals must be opened
to see every error they possess, and the way out of it; and
they will "flee as a bird to your mountain," away from
the enemy of sinning sense, stubborn will, and every imperfection
in the land of Sodom, and find rescue and refuge
in Truth and Love.
   Every loving sacrifice for the good of others is known
to God, and the wrath of man cannot hide it from Him.
God has appointed for Christian Scientists high tasks,
and will not release them from the strict performance of
each one of them.  The students must now fight their
own battles.  I recommend that Scientists draw no lines
whatever between one person and another, but think,
speak, teach, and write the truth of Christian Science
without reference to right or wrong personality in this
field of labor.  Leave the distinctions of individual character
and the discriminations and guidance thereof to

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the Father, whose wisdom is unerring and whose love is
   We should endeavor to be long-suffering, faithful, and
charitable with all.  To this small effort let us add one
more privilege - namely, silence whenever it can substitute
censure.  Avoid voicing error; but utter the truth of
God and the beauty of holiness, the joy of Love and "the
peace of God, that passeth all understanding," recommending
to all men fellowship in the bonds of Christ.
Advise students to rebuke each other always in love, as
I have rebuked them.  Having discharged this duty, counsel
each other to work out his own salvation, without fear
or doubt, knowing that God will make the wrath of man
to praise Him, and that the remainder thereof He will
restrain.  We can rejoice that every germ of goodness will
at last struggle into freedom and greatness, and every sin
will so punish itself that it will bow down to the commandments
of Christ, - Truth and Love.
   I enjoin it upon my students to hold no controversy or
enmity over doctrines and traditions, or over the misconceptions
of Christian Science, but to work, watch, and
pray for the amelioration of sin, sickness, and death.  If
one be found who is too blind for instruction, no longer cast
your pearls before this state of mortal mind, lest it turn
and rend you; but quietly, with benediction and hope,
let the unwise pass by, while you walk on in equanimity,
and with increased power, patience, and understanding,
gained from your forbearance.  This counsel is not new,

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as my Christian students can testify; and if it had been
heeded in times past it would have prevented, to a great
extent, the factions which have sprung up among Scientists
to the hindrance of the Cause of Truth.  It is true that the
mistakes, prejudices, and errors of one class of thinkers
must not be introduced or established among another class
who are clearer and more conscientious in their convictions;
but this one thing can be done, and should be: let
your opponents alone, and use no influence to prevent
their legitimate action from their own standpoint of experience,
knowing, as you should, that God will well

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