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

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man is its master.  I rejoice in the scientific apprehension
of this grand verity.
   The evil-doer receives no encouragement from my

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declaration that evil is unreal, when I declare that he
must awake from his belief in this awful unreality, repent
and forsake it, in order to understand and demonstrate
its unreality.  Error uncondemned is not nullified.  We
must condemn the claim of error in every phase in order
to prove it false, therefore unreal.
   The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen sin, disease,
and death, and he overcomes them through Christ,
Truth, teaching him that they cannot overcome us.  The
resistance to Christian Science weakens in proportion as
one understands it and demonstrates the Science of
   A sinner ought not to be at ease, or he would never quit
sinning.  The most deplorable sight is to contemplate the
infinite blessings that divine Love bestows on mortals, and
their ingratitude and hate, filling up the measure of
wickedness against all light.  I can conceive of little short
of the old orthodox hell to waken such a one from
his deluded sense; for all sin is a deluded sense, and
dis-ease in sin is better than ease.  Some mortals may
even need to hear the following thunderbolt of Jonathan
Edwards: -
   "It is nothing but God's mere pleasure that keeps you
from being this moment swallowed up in everlasting
destruction. He is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in
His sight.  There is no other reason to be given why you
have not gone to hell since you have sat here in the house
of God, provoking His pure eyes by your sinful, wicked
manner of attending His solemn worship.  Yea, there is
nothing else that is to be given as a reason why you do

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not at this moment drop down into hell, but that God's
hand has held you up."

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