Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   We are glad to have the privilege of publishing an extract
from a letter to Mrs. Eddy, from a Christian Scientist
in the West, and Mrs. Eddy's reply thereto.  The
issue raised is an important one and one upon which
there should be absolute and correct teaching.  Christian
Scientists are fortunate to receive instruction from their
Leader on this point.  The question and Mrs. Eddy's
reply follow.

   "Last evening I was catechized by a Christian Science
practitioner because I referred to myself as an immortal
idea of the one divine Mind.  The practitioner said that
my statement was wrong, because I still lived in my
flesh.  I replied that I did not live in my flesh, that
my flesh lived or died according to the beliefs I entertained
about it; but that, after coming to the light of
Truth, I had found that I lived and moved and had
my being in God, and to obey Christ was not to know
as real the beliefs of an earthly mortal.  Please give the
truth in the Sentinel, so that all may know it."

MY 242

Mrs. Eddy's Reply

   You are scientifically correct in your statement about
yourself.  You can never demonstrate spirituality until you
declare yourself to be immortal and understand that
you are so.  Christian Science is absolute; it is neither
behind the point of perfection nor advancing towards
it; it is at this point and must be practised therefrom.
Unless you fully perceive that you are the child
of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demonstrate
and no rule for its demonstration.  By this I
do not mean that mortals are the children of God, -
far from it.  In practising Christian Science you must
state its Principle correctly, or you forfeit your ability
to demonstrate it.

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