(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRISTMAS
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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRISTMAS



   Certain occasions, considered either collectively or
individually and observed properly, tend to give the
activity of man infinite scope; but mere merry-making
or needless gift-giving is not that in which human capacities
find the most appropriate and proper exercise.
Christmas respects the Christ too much to submerge
itself in merely temporary means and ends.  It represents
the eternal informing Soul recognized only in harmony,

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in the beauty and bounty of Life everlasting, - in the
truth that is Life, the Life that heals and saves
mankind.  An eternal Christmas would make matter an alien
save as phenomenon, and matter would reverentially
withdraw itself before Mind.  The despotism of material
sense or the flesh would flee before such reality, to make
room for substance, and the shadow of frivolity and the
inaccuracy of material sense would disappear.
   In Christian Science, Christmas stands for the real, the
absolute and eternal, - for the things of Spirit, not of
matter.  Science is divine; it hath no partnership with human
means and ends, no half-way stations.  Nothing conditional
or material belongs to it.  Human reason and philosophy
may pursue paths devious, the line of liquids, the
lure of gold, the doubtful sense that falls short of substance,
the things hoped for and the evidence unseen.
   The basis of Christmas is the rock, Christ Jesus; its
fruits are inspiration and spiritual understanding of joy
and rejoicing, - not because of tradition, usage, or corporeal
pleasures, but because of fundamental and demonstrable
truth, because of the heaven within us.  The
basis of Christmas is love loving its enemies, returning
good for evil, love that "suffereth long, and is kind."  The
true spirit of Christmas elevates medicine to Mind; it
casts out evils, heals the sick, raises the dormant faculties,
appeals to all conditions, and supplies every need of
man.  It leaves hygiene, medicine, ethics, and religion
to God and His Christ, to that which is the Way, in word
and in deed, - the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
   There is but one Jesus Christ on record.  Christ is
incorporeal.  Neither the you nor the I in the flesh can
be or is Christ.



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