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My suffering (Mrs. Eddy’s) is from believing other people’s thoughts about me; I say, Mary, it is not other people’s sin, it is your own thought; nothing can MAKE you sin, you do it yourself. There is no prenatal belief that can make you believe it, there is nothing but God and His idea. The devil tempted Jesus; said, come down and I will give you all you see; and the devil had not an acre of ground to give; and has nothing to give you. Jesus did not stop to argue with a lie (argument of error); did not say, now Mr. Devil I will argue with you about it; he said, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan.’ He ‘spake the word and it was done.’ Shut it all out. You do not have to argue; KNOW. KNOW God and His idea, and not argue about sin.  Mary Baker Eddy    (Oakes, Richard, Course In Divinity and General Collectanea, p,1-2)


PRAYER – Be like a child.  Turn your thoughts to Love and say, Oh Love, just take me in; give me one Mind, one consciousness and make me love my neighbor as myself.  Let your heart cry out to divine Love.  A child cries out to its mother for more light, more truth, more love.  Ask Love for what you need and for what Love has to give; then take it and demand of yourself to rise up and live it.

     God will direct you in all your ways, if you trust Him; faith must take hold before sight or fruition, and this faith will, when instructed in divine Science, become understanding and you will have no doubts, but every proof of His promise, “Lo! I am with you alway.”

     Trust Him, dear; read daily the Bible and Science and Health, and pray the prayer of our Lord’s in your own words; ask for His kingdom to come, for Love, Truth and Life to govern all your desires, aims and motives, to feed you with faith and a clear knowledge of good, to make you patient, forgiving, long suffering and merciful, compassionate, even as the dear God is thus to you, and you desire Him to be, and thus reflect this God, good, in all His qualities, etc.  My desire is that this year shall be crowned with mercies for you and all.  Mary Baker Eddy  (Carpenter, Gilbert, Watches, Prayers and Arguments, p.56)

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If God does not recognize matter, how did Jesus, who was “the way, the truth, and the life,” cognize it? 

Christ Jesus’ sense of matter was the opposite of that which mortals entertain: his nativity was a spiritual and immortal sense of the ideal world. His earthly mission was to translate substance into its original meaning, Mind. He walked upon the waves; he turned the water into wine; he healed the sick and the sinner; he raised the dead, and rolled away the stone from the door of his own tomb. His demonstration of Spirit virtually vanquished matter and its supposed laws. Walking the wave, he proved the fallacy of the theory that matter is substance; healing through Mind, he removed any supposition that matter is intelligent, or can recognize or express pain and pleasure. His triumph over the grave was an everlasting victory for Life; it demonstrated the lifelessness of matter, and the power and permanence of Spirit. He met and conquered the resistance of the world.

If you will admit, with me, that matter is neither substance, intelligence, nor Life, you may have all that is left of it; and you will have touched the hem of the garment of Jesus’ idea of matter. Christ was “the way;” since Life and Truth were the way that gave us, through a human person, a spiritual revelation of man’s possible earthly development.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellaneous Writings, p.74:11-5)


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“The new tongue” is the spiritual meaning as opposed to the material. It is the language of Soul instead of the senses; it translates matter into its original language, which is Mind, and gives the spiritual instead of the material signification.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Christian Healing, p.7:6-10)