Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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it implies no necessity beyond the understanding of
God, and obedience to His government, that heals both
mind and body; God, - not a person to whom we should
pray to heal the sick, but the Life, Love, and Truth that
destroy error and death.  Understanding the truth regarding
mind and body, knowing that Mind can master sickness
as well as sin, and carrying out this government over
both and bringing out the results of this higher Christianity,
we shall perceive the meaning of the context,
- "They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall
   The world is slow to perceive individual advancement;
but when it reaches the thought that has produced this,
then it is willing to be made whole, and no longer quarrels
with the individual.  Plato did better; he said, "What
thou seest, that thou beest."
   The mistaken views entertained of Deity becloud the
light of revelation, and suffocate reason by materialism.
When we understand that God is what the Scriptures have
declared, - namely, Life, Truth, and Love, - we shall
learn to reach heaven through Principle instead of a pardon;
and this will make us honest and laborious, knowing
that we shall receive only what we have earned.  Jesus
illustrated this by the parable of the husbandman.  If we
work to become Christians as honestly and as directly
upon a divine Principle, and adhere to the rule of this
Principle as directly as we do to the rule of mathematics,
we shall be Christian Scientists, and do more than we are


now doing, and progress faster than we are now
progressing.  We should have no anxiety about what is or
what is not the person of God, if we understood the
Principle better and employed our thoughts more in demonstrating
it.  We are constantly thinking and talking
on the wrong side of the question.  The less said or thought
of sin, sickness, or death, the better for mankind, morally
and physically.  The greatest sinner and the most hopeless
invalid think most of sickness and of sin; but, having
learned that this method has not saved them from either,
why do they go on thus, and their moral advisers talk for
them on the very subjects they would gladly discontinue to
bring out in their lives?  Contending for the reality of
what should disappear is like furnishing fuel for the flames.
Is it a duty for any one to believe that "the curse causeless
cannot come"?  Then it is a higher duty to know that
God never cursed man, His own image and likeness.  God
never made a wicked man; and man made by God had not
a faculty or power underived from his Maker wherewith to
make himself wicked.
   The only correct answer to the question, "Who is
the author of evil?" is the scientific statement that
evil is unreal; that God made all that was made, but
He never made sin or sickness, either an error of mind
or of body.  Life in matter is a dream:  sin, sickness,
and death are this dream.  Life is Spirit; and when we
waken from the dream of life in matter, we shall learn this
grand truth of being.  St. John saw the vision of life in

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matter; and he saw it pass away, - an illusion.  The
dragon that was wroth with the woman, and stood ready
"to devour the child as soon as it was born," was the vision
of envy, sensuality, and malice, ready to devour the idea
of Truth.  But the beast bowed before the Lamb:  it was
supposed to have fought the manhood of God, that Jesus
represented; but it fell before the womanhood of God,
that presented the highest ideal of Love.  Let us remember
that God - good - is omnipotent; therefore evil
is impotent.  There is but one side to good, - it has no

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