Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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attention of the ages.  In the original text the term God
was derived from the word good.  Christ is the idea
of Truth; Jesus is the name of a man born in a remote
province of Judea, - Josephus alludes to several individuals
by the name of Jesus.  Therefore Christ Jesus was
an honorary title; it signified a "good man," which epithet
the great goodness and wonderful works of our
Master more than merited.  Because God is the Principle of
Christian healing, we must understand in part this divine
Principle, or we cannot demonstrate it in part.
   The Scriptures declare that "God is Love, Truth, and
Life," - a trinity in unity; not three persons in one, but
three statements of one Principle.  We cannot tell what is
the person of Truth, the body of the infinite, but we know
that the Principle is not the person, that the finite cannot


contain the infinite, that unlimited Mind cannot start from
a limited body.  The infinite can neither go forth from,
return to, nor remain for a moment within limits.  We
must give freer breath to thought before calculating the
results of an infinite Principle, - the effects of infinite
Love, the compass of infinite Life, the power of infinite
Truth.  Clothing Deity with personality, we limit the action
of God to the finite senses.  We pray for God to remember
us, even as we ask a person with softening of the
brain not to forget his daily cares.  We ask infinite wisdom
to possess our finite sense, and forgive what He knows
deserves to be punished, and to bless what is unfit to be
blessed.  We expect infinite Love to drop divinity long
enough to hate.  We expect infinite Truth to mix with
error, and become finite for a season; and, after infinite
Spirit is forced in and out of matter for an indefinite period,
to show itself infinite again.  We expect infinite Life to
become finite, and have an end; but, after a temporary
lapse, to begin anew as infinite Life, without beginning and
without end.
   Friends, can we ever arrive at a proper conception of the
divine character, and gain a right idea of the Principle of
all that is right, with such self-evident contradictions?
God must be our model, or we have none; and if this
model is one thing at one time, and the opposite of it at
another, can we rely on our model?  Or, having faith in it,
how can we demonstrate a changing Principle?  We
cannot: we shall be consistent with our inconsistent statement


of Deity, and so bring out our own erring finite sense of
God, and of good and evil blending.  While admitting
that God is omnipotent, we shall be limiting His power at
every point, - shall be saying He is beaten by certain kinds
of food, by changes of temperature, the neglect of a bath,
and so on.  Phrenology will be saying the developments of
the brain bias a man's character.  Physiology will be saying,
if a man has taken cold by doing good to his neighbor,
God will punish him now for the cold, but he must wait for
the reward of his good deed hereafter.  One of our leading
clergymen startles us by saying that "between Christianity
and spiritualism, the question chiefly is concerning
the trustworthiness of the communications, and not the
doubt of their reality."  Does any one think the departed
are not departed, but are with us, although we have no
evidence of the fact except sleight-of-hand and
   Such hypotheses ignore Biblical authority, obscure the
one grand truth which is constantly covered, in one way
or another, from our sight.  This truth is, that we are
to work out our own salvation, and to meet the responsibility

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