(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

WATCHING versus WATCHING OUT
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WATCHING versus WATCHING OUT



Comment on an Editorial which Appeared in the Christian
Science Sentinel, September 23, 1905

   Our Lord and Master left to us the following sayings as
living lights in our darkness: "What I say unto you I say
unto all, Watch" (Mark 13 : 37); and, "If the goodman
of the house had known what hour the thief would come,
he would have watched, and not have suffered his house
to be broken through."  (Luke 12 : 39.)
   Here we ask:  Are Christ's teachings the true authority
for Christian Science?  They are.  Does the textbook of
Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," read on page 252, "A knowledge of error
and of its operations must precede that understanding
of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal,
material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity,
man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized
as the true likeness of his Maker"?  It does.  If
so-called watching produces fear or exhaustion and no
good results, does that watch accord with Jesus' saying?
It does not.  Can watching as Christ demands harm
you?  It cannot.  Then should not "watching out"
mean, watching against a negative watch, alias, no

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watch, and gaining the spirit of true watching, even the
spirit of our Master's command?  It must mean that.
   Is there not something to watch in yourself, in your
daily life, since "by their fruits ye shall know them,"
which prevents an effective watch?  Otherwise, wherefore
the Lord's Prayer, "Deliver us from evil"?  And
if this something, when challenged by Truth, frightens
you, should you not put that out instead of putting
out your watch?  I surely should.  Then are you not
made better by watching?  I am.  Which should we
prefer, ease or dis-ease in sin?  Is not discomfort from
sin better adapted to deliver mortals from the effects of
belief in sin than ease in sin? and can you demonstrate
over the effects of other people's sins by indifference
thereto?  I cannot.
   The Scriptures say, "They have healed also the hurt
of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace,
peace; when there is no peace" (Jeremiah 6 : 14), thus
taking the name of God in vain.  Ignorance of self is the
most stubborn belief to overcome, for apathy, dishonesty,
sin, follow in its train.  One should watch to know what
his errors are; and if this watching destroys his peace in
error, should one watch against such a result?  He should
not.  Our Master said, "He that taketh not his cross,
and followeth after me, is not worthy of me . . . and he
that loseth his life is false sense of life] for my sake shall
find it."  (Matthew 10 : 38, 39.)



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