The People's Idea of God, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

Its Effect on Health and Christianity
page 543


Wendell Holmes said, in a lecture before the Harvard
Medical School: "I firmly believe that if the whole materia
medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be


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all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes."
Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse writes: "I am sick of learned
quackery."  Dr. Abercrombie, Fellow of the Royal College
of Physicians in Edinburgh, writes: "Medicine is the
science of guessing."  Dr. James Johnson, Surgeon Extraordinary
to the King, says: "I declare my conscientious
belief, founded on long observation and reflection, that
if there was not a single physician, surgeon, apothecary,
man-midwife, chemist, druggist, or drug on the face of
the earth, there would be less sickness and less mortality
than now obtains."  Voltaire says: "The art of medicine
consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the
disease."
   Believing that man is the victim of his Maker, we naturally
fear God more than we love Him; whereas "perfect
Love casteth out fear;" but when we learn God aright, we
love Him, because He is found altogether lovely.  Thus it
is that a more spiritual and true ideal of Deity improves
the race physically and spiritually.  God is no longer a
mystery to the Christian Scientist, but a divine Principle,
understood in part, because the grand realities of Life and
Truth are found destroying sin, sickness, and death; and
it should no longer be deemed treason to understand God,
when the Scriptures enjoin us to "acquaint now thyself
with Him od], and be at peace;" we should understand
something of that great good for which we are to leave all
else.
   Periods and peoples are characterized by their highest

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or their lowest ideals, by their God and their devil.  We are
all sculptors, working out our own ideals, and leaving the
impress of mind on the body as well as on history and
marble, chiselling to higher excellence, or leaving to rot and
ruin the mind's ideals.  Recognizing this as we ought, we
shall turn often from marble to model, from matter to
Mind, to beautify and exalt our lives.


       "Chisel in hand stood a sculptor-boy,
         With his marble block before him;
       And his face lit up with a smile of joy
         As an angel dream passed o'er him.
       He carved the dream on that shapeless stone
         With many a sharp incision.
       With heaven's own light the sculptor shone, -
         He had caught the angel-vision.


       "Sculptors of life are we as we stand
         With our lives uncarved before us,
       Waiting the hour when at God's command
         Our life dream passes o'er us.
       If we carve it then on the yielding stone
         With many a sharp incision,
       Its heavenly beauty shall be our own, -
         Our lives that angel-vision."


   To remove those objects of sense called sickness and disease,
we must appeal to mind to improve its subjects and
objects of thought, and give to the body those better
delineations.  Scientific discovery and the inspiration of
Truth have taught me that the health and character of
man become more or less perfect as his mind-models are

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