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No real thing separates us from the love of Christ – only ignorance and belief. Jesus did what he saw was best for his own spiritual welfare, no matter if the multitude did throng him. He left them and went up into the mountain to refresh himself. He did not look around and say, ‘Just see how many need help – no mount for me today or tonight’. He left them and went and returned refreshed, and helped them more.   Mary Baker Eddy   (Oakes, Richard, Essays and Bible Lessons, p.76)

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THE PERSONALITY OF GOD

JOHN 14:6

            Truth is not an abstract quality but an entity; not an attribute but an entity. What the Latin church expressed by the word personal the Greek church expressed by the word hypostasis. Most of our best commentaries agree in this, that it was not absolutely certain what the exact theologi­cal meaning of the word person was at the time it was first em­ployed.

            The Greek word hypostasis means a basis or substance, and is intended to express the idea that God and the word are not mere attributes, but the subject of attributes.

            While the Scriptures declare the divine Trinity, they also declare the divine unity, Life, Truth, and Love; they can neither be confounded nor divided. Distinct as essentials, they necessari­ly form but one whole; thus understood the subject forms no con­flicting elements of thought.

            Love and Truth are not mere qualities of the divine sub­stance. They are the divine substance itself. The thought or idea is in the mind and yet it is expressed. The mind gives birth to the design it holds in mind, some work of art, a vast edifice; here the idea is the offspring of the mind, the child of the affections.   Mary Baker Eddy   (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.24)

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When Truth first comes to the consciousness of a mor­tal, it usually heals him physically. Then comes the demand to commence giving up material idols, and digest, assimi­late, and demonstrate Truth for himself. At this period, the conscious and unconscious efforts of evil strive to ob­struct, to continue the bondage, and to cause the individual to simply handle his new-found treasure, talk about it perhaps with fervor or emotion, but to go no further.

     I advise you to do what you think is right, and never lose an opportunity of doing good. Ask wisdom of God and He will guide you.   Mary Baker Eddy   (Carpenter, Gilbert, Collectanea of Items By and About Mary Baker Eddy, p.125)

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There never was a moment when evil was real. There are no mortals who can reflect evil upon the earth. And you must disarm the claim of personality to make room for the dear Love which destroys malpractice. There is no mortal that can be touched by malicious minds. God is All. You need not be afraid of anything. Anything you can be afraid of is unreal, and the fear both senseless and useless.  Mary Baker Eddy  (Carpenter, Gilbert, Collectanea of Items By and About Mary Baker Eddy, p.60)

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God sees in man the perfect reflection of Himself. God’s thoughts of us are unchanging. To help ourselves or others, we must think God’s thoughts after Him. Cast aside sense testimony, accepting only the spiritual facts.  Mary Baker Eddy  (Oakes, Richard, Course In Divinity and General Collectanea, p.264)

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Truth’s work is done by Truth alone, peerless, incorruptible, and self-complete. Truth blesses with wisdom, strength, and guidance all those who trustfully and unreservedly submit their all to Her keeping and yield themselves to become the instruments of her righteous and unvarying law. She asks not for labored service at our hands, but only for opportunity to work in and through us, and to every truly loyal heart She brings unmeasured gladness and gain.    Mary Baker Eddy, Essays and Bible Lessons, Red Book, p.76)