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

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   Mortal man is the antipode of immortal man, and the
two should not be confounded.  Bishop Foster said, in a
lecture in Boston, "No man living hath yet seen man."
This material sinful personality, which we misname man,
is what St. Paul terms "the old man and his deeds," to
be "put off."
   Who can say what the absolute personality of God or
man is?  Who living hath seen God or a perfect man?
In presence of such thoughts take off thy shoes and
tread lightly, for this is holy ground.  Surely the probation
of mortals must go on after the change called death, that
they may learn the definition of immortal being; or else

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their present mistakes would extinguish human existence.
How long this false sense remains after the transition called
death, no mortal knoweth; but this is sure, that the mists
of error, sooner or later, will melt in the fervent heat of
suffering, mortality will burst the barriers of sense, and
man be found perfect and eternal.  Of his intermediate
conditions - the purifying processes and terrible revolutions
necessary to effect this end - I am ignorant.
   Inasmuch as these momentous facts in the Science of
being must be learned some time, now is the most acceptable
time for beginning the lesson.  If Science is pointing
the way, and is found to bring with it health, holiness, and
immortality, then to-day is none too soon for entering this
path.  The proof that Christian Science is the way of salvation
given by Christ, I consider well established.  The
present, as well as the future, reveals the fact that Truth
is never understood too soon.
   Has Truth, as demonstrated by Jesus, reappeared?
Study Christian Science and practise it, and you will
know that Truth has reappeared.  What is demonstrably
true cannot be gainsaid; but getting the letter and omitting
the spirit of this Science is neither the comprehension of
its Principle nor the practice of its Life.

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