By MARY BAKER EDDY
President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College AND Pastor Emeritus of the First Church of Christ, Scientist Boston, Mass.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1875, by MARY BAKER GLOVER (now MRS. EDDY) In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. Entered according to Act of Congress, inthe year 1885, by MARY BAKER G. EDDY In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. Copyright, 1890, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1906, BY MARY BAKER G. EDDY Published 1910 Re-Published 1986 by The Mary Baker Eddy Foundation
YE shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. JOHN viii. 32. THERE is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
SHAKESPEARE. OH! Thou hastheard my prayer; And I am blest! This is Thy high behest: — Thou here, and everywhere. MARY BAKER G. EDDY.
To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings. The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day. So shone the pale star to the prophetshepherds; yet it traversed thenight, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being. The Wisemen were led to behold and to follow this daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternalharmony. The time for thinkers has come. Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away. Ignorance of God is no longer the steppingstone to faith. The only guarantee of obedience is a right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is Life eternal. Though empires fall, "theLord shall reign forever."
A book introduces new thoughts, but it cannot make them speedily understood. It is the task of the sturdy pioneer to hew the tall oak and to cut the rough granite. Future ages must declare what the pioneer has accomplished.
Since the author's discovery of the might of Truth in
the treatment of disease aswell as of sin, her system has been fully tested and has not been found wanting; but to reach the heights of Christian Science, man must live in obedience to its divine Principle. To develop the full might of this Science, the discords of corporeal sense must yield to the harmony of spiritual sense, even as the science of music corrects false tones and gives sweet concord to sound.
Theology and physics teach that both Spirit and matter are real and good, whereas the fact is that Spirit is good and real, and matter is Spirit's opposite. The question, What is Truth, is answered by demonstration, by healing both disease and sin; and this demonstration shows that Christian healing confers the most health and makes the best men. On this basis Christian Sciencewill have a fair fight. Sickness has been combated for centuries by doctors using material remedies; but the question arises, Is there less sickness because of these practitioners? A vigorous "No" is the response deducible from two connate facts, — the reputed longevity of the Antediluvians, and the rapid multiplication and increased violence of diseases since the flood.
In theauthor's work, RETROSPECTION AND INTROSPECTION, may be found a biographical sketch, narrating experiences which led her, in the year 1866, to the discovery of the system that she denominated Christian Science. As early as 1862 she began to write down and give to friends the results of her Scriptural study, for the Bible was her sole teacher; but these compositions were crude, the first steps of...