Message for 1901, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   We hear it said the Christian Scientists have no God
because their God is not a person.  Let us examine this.
The loyal Christian Scientists absolutely adopt Webster's
definition of God, "A Supreme Being," and the Standard
dictionary's definition of God, "The one Supreme Being,
self-existent and eternal."  Also, we accept God, emphatically,
in the higher definition derived from the Bible, and
this accords with the literal sense of the lexicons: "God is
Spirit," "God is Love."  Then, to define Love in divine
Science we use this phrase for God - divine Principle.
By this we mean Mind, a permanent, fundamental, intelligent,
divine Being, called in Scripture, Spirit, Love.
   It is sometimes said: "God is Love, but this is no argument
that Love is God; for God is light, but light is not
God."  The first proposition is correct, and is not lost
by the conclusion, for Love expresses the nature of God;
but the last proposition does not illustrate the first, as
light, being matter, loses the nature of God, Spirit, deserts
its premise, and expresses God only in metaphor, therefore
it is illogical and the conclusion is not properly drawn.
It is logical that because God is Love, Love is divine Principle;

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then Love as either divine Principle or Person
stands for God - for both have the nature of God.
In logic the major premise must be convertible to the
   In mathematics four times three is twelve, and three
times four is twelve.  To depart from the rule of mathematics
destroys the proof of mathematics; just as a departure
from the Principle and rule of divine Science
destroys the ability to demonstrate Love according to
Christ, healing the sick; and you lose its susceptibility of
scientific proof.
   God is the author of Science - neither man nor matter
can be.  The Science of God must be, is, divine, predicated
of Principle and demonstrated as divine Love; and
Christianity is divine Science, else there is no Science and
no Christianity.
   We understand that God is personal in a scientific
sense, but is not corporeal nor anthropomorphic.  We understand
that God is not finite; He is the infinite Person,
but not three persons in one person.  Christian Scientists
are theists and monotheists.  Those who misjudge us because
we understand that God is the infinite One instead
of three, should be able to explain God's personality
rationally. Christian Scientists consistently conceive of God
as One because He is infinite; and as triune, because He
is Life, Truth, Love, and these three are one in essence
and in office.
   If in calling God "divine Principle," meaning divine
Love, more frequently than Person, we merit the epithet
"godless," we naturally conclude that he breaks faith with

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his creed, or has no possible conception of ours, who believes
that three persons are defined strictly by the word
Person, or as One; for if Person is God, and he believes
three persons constitute the Godhead, does not Person
here lose the nature of one God, lose monotheism, and
become less coherent than the Christian Scientist's sense
of Person as one divine infinite triune Principle, named in
the Bible Life, Truth, Love? - for each of these possesses
the nature of all, and God omnipotent, omnipresent,
   Man is person; therefore divine metaphysics discriminates
between God and man, the creator and the created,
by calling one the divine Principle of all.  This suggests
another query:  Do Christian Scientists believe in

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