(PART 1) - The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CHAPTER I - "Choose Ye"
page 551

CHAPTER I - "Choose Ye"


   My Beloved Brethren: - The divine might of
Truth demands well-doing in order to demonstrate
truth, and this not alone in accord with human
desire but with spiritual power.  St. John writes: "Blessed
are they that do His commandments, that they may have
right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates
into the city."  The sear leaves of faith without works,
scattered abroad in Zion's waste places, appeal to reformers,
"Show me thy faith by thy works."
   Christian Science is not a dweller apart in royal solitude;
it is not a law of matter, nor a transcendentalism that
heals only the sick.  This Science is a law of divine Mind,
a persuasive animus, an unerring impetus, an ever-present
help.  Its presence is felt, for it acts and acts wisely,
always unfolding the highway of hope, faith,
understanding.  It is the higher criticism, the higher hope; and its
effect on man is mainly this - that the good which has
come into his life, examination compels him to think
genuine, whoever did it.  A Christian Scientist verifies
his calling.  Choose ye!

MY 4

   When, by losing his faith in matter and sin, one finds
the spirit of Truth, then he practises the Golden Rule
spontaneously; and obedience to this rule spiritualizes
man, for the world's nolens volens cannot enthrall it.
Lust, dishonesty, sin, disable the student; they preclude
the practice or efficient teaching of Christian Science, the
truth of man's being.  The Scripture reads: "He that
taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy
of me."  On this basis, how many are following the
Way-shower?  We follow Truth only as we follow truly,
meekly, patiently, spiritually, blessing saint and sinner
with the leaven of divine Love which woman has put
into Christendom and medicine.
   A genuine Christian Scientist loves Protestant and
Catholic, D.D. and M.D., - loves all who love God,
good; and he loves his enemies.  It will be found that,
instead of opposing, such an individual subserves the
interests of both medical faculty and Christianity, and
they thrive together, learning that Mind-power is good
will towards men.  Thus unfolding the true metal in
character, the iron in human nature rusts away; honesty
and justice characterize the seeker and finder of Christian
   The pride of place or power is the prince of this world
that hath nothing in Christ.  Our great Master said:
"Except ye . . . become as little children, ye shall not
enter into the kingdom of heaven," - the reign of righteousness,
the glory of good, healing the sick and saving
the sinner.  The height of my hope must remain.  Glory
be to Thee, Thou God most high and nigh.
   Whatever is not divinely natural and demonstrably
true, in ethics, philosophy, or religion, is not of God but

MY 5:
originates in the minds of mortals.  It is the Adam-dream
according to the Scriptural allegory, in which
man is supposed to start from dust and woman to be
the outcome of man's rib, - marriage synonymous with
legalized lust, and the offspring of sense the murderers
of their brothers!
   Wholly apart from this mortal dream, this illusion and
delusion of sense, Christian Science comes to reveal man
as God's image, His idea, coexistent with Him - God
giving all and man having all that God gives.  Whence,

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