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

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   History repeats itself.  The Pharisees of old warned
the people to beware of Jesus, and contemptuously called
him "this fellow."  Jesus said, "For which of these
works do ye stone me?" as much as to ask, Is it the
work most derided and envied that is most acceptable to
God?  Not that he would cease to do the will of his Father
on account of persecution, but he would repeat his work
to the best advantage for mankind and the glory of his
   There are sinners in all societies, and it is vain to look
for perfection in churches or associations.  The life of
Christ is the perfect example; and to compare mortal
lives with this model is to subject them to severe scrutiny.
Without question, the subtlest forms of sin are trying to
force the doors of Science and enter in; but this white
sanctuary will never admit such as come to steal and to
rob.  Through long ages people have slumbered over
Christ's commands, "Go ye into all the world, and preach
the gospel;" "Heal the sick, cast out devils;" and now
the Church seems almost chagrined that by new discoveries
of Truth sin is losing prestige and power.
   The Rev. Dr. A. J. Gordon, a Boston Baptist clergyman,
said in a sermon: "The prayer of faith shall save the
sick, and it is doing it to-day; and as the faith of the Church

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increases, and Christians more and more learn their duty
to believe all things written in the Scriptures, will such
manifestations of God's power increase among us."  Such
sentiments are wholesome avowals of Christian Science.
God is not unable or unwilling to heal, and mortals are not
compelled to have other gods before Him, and employ
material forms to meet a mental want.  The divine Spirit
supplies all human needs.  Jesus said to the sick, "Thy
sins are forgiven thee; rise up and walk!"  God's pardon
is the destruction of all "the ills that flesh is heir to."
   All power belongs to God; and it is not in all the vain
power of dogma and philosophy to dispossess the divine
Mind of healing power, or to cast out error with error,
even in the name and for the sake of Christ, and so heal
the sick.  While Science is engulfing error in bottomless
oblivion, the material senses would enthrone error as omnipotent
and omnipresent, with power to determine the
fact and fate to being.  It is said that the devil is the ape
of God.  The lie of evil holds its own by declaring itself
both true and good.  The path of Christian Science is beset
with false claimants, aping its virtues, but cleaving to
their own vices.  Denial of the authorship of "Science
and Health with Key to the Scriptures" would make a
lie the author of Truth, and so make Truth itself a lie.
   A distinguished clergyman came to be healed.  He said:
"I am suffering from nervous prostration, and have to eat
beefsteak and drink strong coffee to support me through
a sermon."  Here a skeptic might well ask if the atonement

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had lost its efficacy for him, and if Christ's power to
heal was not equal to the power of daily meat and drink.
The power of Truth is not contingent on matter.  Our
Master said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest."  Truth rebukes
error; and whether stall-fed or famishing, theology needs
Truth to stimulate and sustain a good sermon.
   A lady said: "Only He who knows all things can estimate
the good your books are doing."
   A distinguished Doctor of Divinity said: "Your book
leavens my sermons."

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