Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   Will the Bible, if read and practised, heal as effectually
as your book, "Science and Health with Key to the

   The exact degree of comparison between the effects
produced by reading the above-named books can
only be determined by personal proof.  Rightly to read
and to practise the Scriptures, their spiritual sense must
be discerned, understood, and demonstrated.  God being
Spirit, His language and meaning are wholly spiritual.
Uninspired knowledge of the translations of the Scriptures
has imparted little power to practise the Word.  Hence
the revelation, discovery, and presentation of Christian
Science - the Christ Science, or "new tongue" of which
St. Mark prophesied - became requisite in the divine
order.  On the swift pinions of spiritual thought man
rises above the letter, law, or morale of the inspired Word
to the spirit of Truth, whereby the Science is reached
that demonstrates God.  When the Bible is thus read
and practised, there is no possibility of
misinterpretation.  God is understandable, knowable, and applicable
to every human need.  In this is the proof that Christian
Science is Science, for it demonstrates Life, not

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death; health, not disease; Truth, not error; Love, not
hate.  The Science of the Scriptures coexists with God;
and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"
relegates Christianity to its primitive proof, wherein
reason, revelation, the divine Principle, rules, and practice
of Christianity acquaint the student with God.  In
the ratio that Christian Science is studied and understood,
mankind will, as aforetime, imbibe the spirit and
prove the practicality, validity, and redemptive power of
Christianity by healing all manner of disease, by overcoming
sin and death.

   Must mankind wait for the ultimate of the millennium -
until every man and woman comes into the knowledge of
Christ and all are taught of God and see their apparent
identity as one man and one woman - for God to be
represented by His idea or image and likeness?

   God is one, and His idea, image, or likeness, man, is one.
But God is infinite and so includes all in one.  Man is the
generic term for men and women.  Man, as the idea or
image and likeness of the infinite God, is a compound, complex
idea or likeness of the infinite one, or one infinite,
whose image is the reflection of all that is real and eternal
in infinite identity.  Gender means a kind.  Hence mankind
- in other words, a kind of man who is identified
by sex - is the material, so-called man born of the
flesh, and is not the spiritual man, created by God,
Spirit, who made all that was made.  The millennium
is a state and stage of mental advancement, going
on since ever time was.  Its impetus, accelerated by
the advent of Christian Science, is marked, and will

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increase till all men shall know Him (divine Love) from
the least to the greatest, and one God and the brotherhood
of man shall be known and acknowledged throughout
the earth.

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