Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   In the last Sentinel ct. 12, 1899] was the following
question: "If all matter is unreal, why do we deny the
existence of disease in the material body and not the body
   We deny first the existence of disease, because we can
meet this negation more readily than we can negative all
that the material senses affirm.  It is written in "Science
and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "An improved
belief is one step out of error, and aids in taking the
next step and in understanding the situation in Christian
Science" (p. 296).
   Thus it is that our great Exemplar, Jesus of Nazareth,
first takes up the subject.  He does not require the last
step to be taken first.  He came to the world not to
destroy the law of being, but to fulfil it in righteousness.

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He restored the diseased body to its normal action,
functions, and organization, and in explanation of his
deeds he said, "Suffer it to be so now:  for thus it becometh
us to fulfil all righteousness."  Job said, "In
my flesh shall I see God."  Neither the Old nor the New
Testament furnishes reasons or examples for the destruction
of the human body, but for its restoration to life
and health as the scientific proof of "God with us."
The power and prerogative of Truth are to destroy all
disease and to raise the dead - even the self-same
Lazarus.  The spiritual body, the incorporeal idea, came
with the ascension.
   Jesus demonstrated the divine Principle of Christian
Science when he presented his material body absolved
from death and the grave.  The introduction of pure
abstractions into Christian Science, without their correlatives,
leaves the divine Principle of Christian Science
unexplained, tends to confuse the mind of the reader, and
ultimates in what Jesus denounced, namely, straining
at gnats and swallowing camels.

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