Message for 1900, by Mary Baker Eddy
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Message for 1900, by Mary Baker Eddy
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as himself.  This being the divine Science of divine
Love, it would enable man to escape from idolatry of
every kind, to obey the First Commandment of the
Decalogue: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me;"
and the command of Christ: "Love thy neighbor as
thyself." On this rock Christian Science is built.  It may
be the rock which the builders reject for a season; but
it is the Science of God and His universe, and it will become
the head of the corner, the foundation of all systems
of religion.
   The spiritual sense of the Scriptures understood enables
one to utilize the power of divine Love in casting out God's
opposites, called evils, and in healing the sick.  Not madness,
but might and majesty attend every footstep of

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Christian Science.  There is no imperfection, no lack in
the Principle and rules which demonstrate it.  Only the
demonstrator can mistake or fail in proving its power and
divinity.  In the words of St. Paul: "I count not myself
to have apprehended:  but this one thing I do, forgetting
those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those
things which are before, I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" - in the
true idea of God.  Any mystery in Christian Science departs
when dawns the spiritual meaning thereof; and the
spiritual sense of the Scriptures is the scientific sense which
interprets the healing Christ.  A child can measurably
understand Christian Science, for, through his simple faith
and purity, he takes in its spiritual sense that puzzles the
man.  The child not only accepts Christian Science more
readily than the adult, but he practises it.  This notable
fact proves that the so-called fog of this Science obtains
not in the Science, but in the material sense which the
adult entertains of it.  However, to a man who uses tobacco,
is profane, licentious, and breaks God's commandments,
that which destroys his false appetites and
lifts him from the stubborn thrall of sin to a meek and
loving disciple of Christ, clothed and in his right mind, is
not darkness but light.
   Again, that Christian Science is the Science of God is
proven when, in the degree that you accept it, understand
and practise it, you are made better physically, morally,
and spiritually.  Some modern exegesis on the prophetic
Scriptures cites 1875 as the year of the second coming of
Christ.  In that year the Christian Science textbook,

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"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," was
first published.  From that year the United States official
statistics show the annual death-rate to have gradually
diminished.  Likewise the religious sentiment has increased;
creeds and dogmas have been sifted, and a
greater love of the Scriptures manifested.  In 1895 it was
estimated that during the past three years there had been
more Bibles sold than in all the other 1893 years.  Many
of our best and most scholarly men and women, distinguished
members of the bar and bench, press and pulpit,
and those in all the walks of life, will tell you they never
loved the Bible and appreciated its worth as they did after
reading "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."
This is my great reward for having suffered, lived, and
learned, in a small degree, the Science of perfectibility
through Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
   Is there more than one Christ, and hath Christ a second
appearing?  There is but one Christ.  And from everlasting
to everlasting this Christ is never absent.  In doubt
and darkness we say as did Mary of old: "I know not
where they have laid him."  But when we behold the

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