Christian Science versus Pantheism, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   Christianity, as taught and demonstrated in the first
century by our great Master, virtually annulled the so-called
laws of matter, idolatry, pantheism, and polytheism.
Christianity then had one God and one law, namely,
divine Science.  It said, "Call no man your father upon
the earth, for one is your Father, which is in heaven."
Speaking of himself, Jesus said, "My Father is greater
than I."  Christianity, as he taught and demonstrated it,
must ever rest on the basis of the First Commandment and
love for man.
   The doctrines that embrace pantheism, polytheism, and
paganism are admixtures of matter and Spirit, truth and
error, sickness and sin, life and death.  They make man
the servant of matter, living by reason of it, suffering because
of it, and dying in consequence of it.  They constantly


reiterate the belief of pantheism, that mind "sleeps
in the mineral, dreams in the animal, and wakes in man."
   "Infinite Spirit" means one God and His creation, and
no reality in aught else.  The term "spirits" means more
than one Spirit; - in paganism they stand for gods; in
spiritualism they imply men and women; and in Christianity
they signify a good Spirit and an evil spirit.
   Is there a religion under the sun that hath demonstrated
one God and the four first rules pertaining thereto, namely,
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me;" "Love thy
neighbor as thyself;" "Be ye therefore perfect, even as
your Father which is in heaven is perfect;" "Whosoever
liveth and believeth in me shall never die."  (John xi. 26.)
   What mortal to-day is wise enough to do himself no
harm, to hinder not the attainment of scientific
Christianity?  Whoever demonstrates the highest humanity, -
long-suffering, self-surrender, and spiritual endeavor to
bless others, - ought to be aided, not hindered, in his
holy mission.  I would kiss the feet of such a messenger,
for to help such a one is to help one's self.  The demonstration
of Christianity blesses all mankind.  It loves one's
neighbor as one's self; it loves its enemies - and this
love benefits its enemies (though they believe it not), and
rewards its possessor; for, "If ye love them which love you,
what reward have ye?"

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