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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 – 3 

     In the Hebrew, “devil” is denominated Abaddon; in the Greek, Apollyon, serpent, liar, the god of this world, etc. The apostle Paul refers to this personality of evil as “the god of this world;” and then defines this god as “dishonesty, craftiness, handling the word of God deceitfully. The Hebrew embodies the term “devil” in another term, serpent,which the senses are supposed to take in,and then defines this serpent as more subtle than all the beasts of the field.” Subsequently, the ancients changed the meaning of the term, to their sense, and then the serpent became a symbol of wisdom.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, 190:28-7)

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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 – 2 

     It could not have been a person that our great Master cast out of another person; therefore the devil herein referred to was an impersonal evil, or whatever worketh ill. In this case it was the evil of dumbness, an error of material sense, cast out by the spiritual truth of being; namely, that speech belongs to Mind instead of matter, and the wrong power, or the lost sense, must yield to the right sense, and exist in Mind. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, 190:20-27)

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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 – 1 

     The meaning of the term “devil” needs yet to be learned. Its definition as an individual is too limited and contradictory. When the Scripture is understood, the spiritual signification of its terms will be understood, and will contradict the interpretations that the senses give them; and these terms will be found to include the inspired meaning. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, 190:11-19)

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“It is our pride that makes another’s criticism rankle, our self-will that makes another’s deed offensive, our egotism that feels hurt by another’s self-assertion.”  Miscellaneous Writings 224:2-4  Mary Baker Eddy

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

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Animal magnetism cannot make me restless or dissatisfied; cannot suggest to me any doubt of the absolute Truth of Christian Science; cannot make a law that I cannot heal myself; that I cannot succeed; that I will not heal my patients; cannot frighten me or prevent me from healing others; cannot darken my thought, nor dim my spiritual perception; cannot produce or bring back a belief with an argument or poison of any kind (name).
Mary Baker Eddy

(Oakes, Richard, Course In Divinity and General Collectanea, p.272)

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Malicious animal magnetism’s false claims cannot separate me from God, from Christ, from divine Science, from Science and Health, nor from my teacher, Mary Baker Eddy.  There is no malice, no hatred, no revenge, no fear, no remorse, and animal magnetism cannot suggest any of these claims as a power to govern me, and cannot make me an avenue through which any of these claims of personality can work evil to myself or any other; cannot suggest through any personality any of these lying claims, nor make a law that I shall in any form manifest them.   Mary Baker Eddy

(Oakes, Richard, Course In Divinity and General Collectanea, p.272)

 

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Life’s fuller music will give forth rejoicing tones when heart meets heart, where all lovely gifts and pure are laid upon befitting shrines.  Joy hath a living fount, a bliss forever.  The heart hath vainly sighed, What shall the future be?  This is the future; heaven will be thine, but when its Life shall come no man knoweth, not “the son but the Father.”  Our sins are not forgiven (until forsaken),* here or hereafter; for every sin there is a just measure of misery, and death cannot advance our joy, nor make us wiser, better, or more pure.  The Science of all being must be learned ere this is won.  Bliss is not the boon of one brief moment.  After the veil has dropped, we have to learn the same as now our way to heaven, by slow and solemn footsteps, for no man cometh to the Father but through Truth and Love.  Mary Baker Eddy

(Carpenter, Gilbert, Fragments Gathered From Unpublished Items Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, p.66)

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So flit before memory the different stages and states of existence, the error gradually disappearing and Truth coming to be understood.  Let us rejoice that Life like an opening bud is unfolding to our consciousness the bliss of being, for Thine are all holy things, O Life, strong and divinely free, bearing the bereaved the gifts of wisdom and of chastened love; still brooding o’er them with a dovelike wing, immortally endowed for liberty.  Patiently wait, all ye who have parted from some earth-idol; remember that naught but broken music flows from joy that is sublunary, but hope hath its higher goal.  We shall know each other there.  A happier oracle, a clearer understanding, an unwavering light will friendship then become.   Mary Baker Eddy

(Carpenter, Gilbert, Fragments Gathered From Unpublished Items Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, p.66)