No and Yes, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy
IS THERE A PERSONAL DEITY?
IS THERE A PERSONAL DEITY?
God is infinite. He is neither a limited mind nor a
limited body. God is Love; and Love is Principle, not
person. What the person of the infinite is, we know not;
but we are gratefully and lovingly conscious of the fatherliness
of this Supreme Being. God is individual, and man
is His individualized idea. While material man and the
physical senses receive no spiritual idea, and feel no sensation
of divine Love, spiritual man and his spiritual
senses are drinking in the nature and essence of the individual
infinite. A sinful sense is incompetent to understand
the realities of being, - that Life is God, and that man
is in His image and likeness. A sinner can take no cognizance
of the noumenon or the phenomena of Spirit;
but leaving sin, sense rises to the fulness of the stature of
man in Christ.
Person is formed after the manner of mortal man, so
far as he can conceive of personality. Limitless personality
is inconceivable. His person and perfection are
neither self-created, nor discerned through imperfection;
and of God as a person, human reason, imagination, and
revelation give us no knowledge. Error would fashion
Deity in a manlike mould, while Truth is moulding a
When the term divine Principle is used to signify Deity
it may seem distant or cold, until better apprehended.
This Principle is Mind, substance, Life, Truth, Love.
When understood, Principle is found to be the only term
that fully conveys the ideas of God, - one Mind, a perfect
man, and divine Science. As the divine Principle is comprehended,
God's omnipotence and omnipresence will
dawn on mortals, and the notion of an everywhere-present
body - or of an infinite Mind starting from a finite body,
and returning to it - will disappear.
Ever-present Love must seem ever absent to ever-present
selfishness or material sense. Hence this asking amiss
and receiving not, and the common idolatry of
man-worship. In divine Science, God is recognized as the
only power, presence, and glory.
Adam's mistiness and Satan's reasoning, ever since the
flood, - when specimens of every kind emerged from the
ark, - have run through the veins of all human
philosophy. Human reason is a blind guide, a continued series
of mortal hypotheses, antagonistic to Revelation and
Science. It is continually straying into forbidden by-paths
of sensualism, contrary to the life and teachings of Jesus
and Paul, and the vision of the Apocalypse. Human
philosophy has ninety-nine parts of error to the one-hundredth
part of Truth, - an unsafe decoction for the
race. The Science that Jesus demonstrated, whose views
of Truth Confucius and Plato but dimly discerned, Science
and Health interprets. It was not a search after wisdom;
it was wisdom, and it grasped in spiritual law the universe,
- all time, space, immortality, thought, extension.
This Science demonstrated the Principle of all phenomena,
identity, individuality, law; and showed man as reflecting
God and the divine capacity. Human philosophy
would dethrone perfection, and substitute matter and evil
for divine means and ends.
Human philosophy has an undeveloped God, who unfolds
Himself through material modes, wherein the human
and divine mingle in the same realm and consciousness.
This is rank infidelity; because by it we lose God's ways
and perpetuate the supposed power and reality of evil ad
infinitum. Christian Science rends this veil in the pantheon
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