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Grant, O my God, that neither the joy nor the sorrow of this period shall have visited my heart in vain.  Make me wise and strong to the performance of immediate duties and ripen me by whatever means Thou seest best for the performance of those that lie beyond.  Mary Baker Eddy

(Oakes, Richard, Course In Divinity and General Collectanea, p.273)

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And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake.Luke xi. 14 –  

     It is of infinite importance to man’s spiritual progress, and to his demonstration of Truth in casting out error, —sickness, sin, disease, and death, in all their forms, that the terms and nature of Deity and devil be understood.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, 190:6-9)

 

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And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake.  -Luke xi. 14 – 6 

     Let us obey St. Paul’s injunction to reject fables, and accept the Scriptures in their broader, more spiritual and practical sense. When we speak of a good man, we do not mean that man is God because the Hebrew term for Deity was “good,” and vice versa; so, when referring to a liar, we mean not that he is a personal devil, because the original text defines devil as a “liar.” (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, 190:31-5)

 

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And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake.Luke xi. 14 – 5

By no possible interpretation can this passage mean several individuals cast out of another individual no bigger than themselves. The term, being here employed in its plural number, destroys all consistent supposition of the existence of one personal devil. Again, our text refers to the devil as dumb; but the original devil was a great talker, and was supposed to have outtalked even Truth, and carried the question with Eve. Also, the original texts define him as an “accuser,” a “calumniator,” which would be impossible if he were speechless. These two opposite characters ascribed to him could only be possible as evil beliefs, as different phases of sin or disease made manifest.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, 190:19-30)

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And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake.Luke xi. 14 – 4

     The Scripture in John, sixth chapter and seventieth verse, refers to a wicked man as the devil: “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” According to the Scripture, if devil is an individuality, there is more than one devil. In Mark, ninth chapter and thirty-eighth verse, it reads: “Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name.” Here is an assertion indicating the existence of more than one devil; and by omitting the first letter, the name of his satanic majesty is found to be evils, apparent wrong traits, that Christ, Truth, casts out. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, 190:8-18)