Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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we find a better moral philosophy, a more complete,
natural, and divine Science of medicine, or a better
religion than his?
   God is Spirit.  Then modes of healing, other than the
spiritual and divine, break the First Commandment of
the Decalogue, "Thou shalt have no other gods before
me."  There are no other heaven-appointed means than
the spiritual with which to heal sin and disease.  Our
Master conformed to this law, and instructed his followers,
saying, "He that believeth on me, the works that I
do shall he do also."  This is enough.
   All issues of morality, of Christianity, of pleasure, or of
pain must come through a correct or incorrect state
of thought, since matter is not conscious; then, like a
watchman forsaking his post, shall we have no faith in
God, in the divine Mind, thus throwing the door wide
open to the intruding disease, forgetting that the divine
Mind, Truth and Life, can guard the entrance?
   We earnestly ask:  Shall we not believe the Scripture,
"The prayer of faith shall save the sick"?  In the seventeenth

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chapter of the Gospel according to St. Matthew,
we read that even the disciples of Jesus once failed mentally
to cure by their faith and understanding a violent case of
lunacy.  And because of this Jesus rebuked them, saying:
"O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be
with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to
me."  When his disciples asked him why they could not
heal that case, Jesus, the master Metaphysician, answered,
"Because of your unbelief" (lack of faith); and then
continued: "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard
seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence
to yonder place; and it shall remove."  Also he added:
"This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting"
(refraining from admitting the claims of the senses).
Even in those dark days Jesus was not arrested and
executed (for "insanity") because of his faith and
his great demands on the faith of his followers, but
he was arrested because, as was said, "he stirreth
up the people."  Be patient, O Christian Scientist!
It is well that thou canst unloose the sandals of thy
Master's feet.
   The Constitution of the United States does not provide
that materia medica shall make laws to regulate man's
religion; rather does it imply that religion shall permeate
our laws.  Mankind will be God-governed in proportion
as God's government becomes apparent, the Golden Rule
utilized, and the rights of man and the liberty of conscience
held sacred.  Meanwhile, they who name the name of
Christian Science will assist in the holding of crime in
check, will aid the ejection of error, will maintain law
and order, and will cheerfully await the end - justice and

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