Accession: A10086
Editorial Title: Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Date: unknown
Manuscript Description: In this handwritten document, Mary Baker Eddy uses a metamark that looks like the letter X at the beginning and end of several sentences (because of their frequency, we have reproduced them in the transcription as Xs). She has also drawn a vertical line through one paragraph and its function is unclear. See the original document to view.
Editorial Note: The date of this sermon and the location where it was given are not yet known.
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(1 Cor. 13I Cor 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. I Cor 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. I Cor 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. I Cor 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, I Cor 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; I Cor 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; I Cor 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. I Cor 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. I Cor 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. I Cor 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. I Cor 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. I Cor 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. I Cor 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. read) Subject John 10th. 21st.

Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?John 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

The term blind is rendered variously in the Scriptures In John 9th. 1st. It signifies such as are deprived of eyesight as in the following passage

X As Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from his birthJohn 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. X

In ExodusAs Written:Exodous 23rd. 8. It relates to those who will not discern between right and wrong reading thus

X the gift blindeth the wise and perverteth the righteousEx 23:8 ¶And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous. X

In Isaiah 56th 10thIsa 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Editorial Note: Eddy probably means to refer to Deut 27:18 here. Isaiah 56:10 reads: His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.Editorial Note: Eddy probably means to refer to Deut 27:18 here. Isaiah 56:10 reads: His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.. it refers to those who through simplicity or ignorance are misled, seduced by pernicious counsel, and reads thus

X Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way and all the people shall say amen.Deut 27:18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen. X

2ndAs Written:2ond Cor. 4th. 4th. It signifies such as reject truth notwithstanding the clear discoveries of the its way and method by others, whereof the apostle saith

X In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds that understand not lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto themII Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. X

When referringAs Written:refering to deceitful teachers blinded by their own interest against any conviction Isaiah said who is blind but my servant?Isa 42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant? J John said when refering to envy; he that hateth his brother is in darkness and knoweth not whether he goeth because that darkness hath blinded his eyesI John 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

Rev 3rd 17. When referringAs Written:refering to such as are self conceited puffed up, it reads and knowest not that thou art blind miserable, and poor and blindRev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Metaphysics teach us--

There can be no blindness except in mind for mere matter cannot see of itself and the optic nerve can convey no Intelligence from mind to matter or from matter to mind

Hence the words of our Master the great expositor of metaphysics “if ye were blind ye should have no sin”John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. and again “Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?”John 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

Devil is (Abaddon in Hebrew) and (Apollion in Greek)

Called in John 19thJohn 19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. Editorial Note: Eddy probably means John 12:31.Editorial Note: Eddy probably means John 12:31. (Prince of the WorldJohn 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. ) Rev. 12 10th X an AccuserRev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. X Rev. 20th. 10 X A deceiverRev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. X John 8. 44. X A liarJohn 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. X John 8. 44. X A murderer X Isaiah 27. 1. X A serpentIsa 27:1 In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. X Math. 18th. 34. X A tormenterMatt 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. X 2ndAs Written:2ond Cor. 4. 4. X The god of this worldII Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. X

The word devil comes from the Greek Diabolis which signifies a calumniator or accuser

Devil is called Belial which is a Hebrew word and signifies that which is good for nothing, a libertine

My version of Devil is error of every kind and character and error has all modes It allures with the hope of impunity It promises universal knowledge of evil It deceives disguises betrays It is the enemy of peace or harmony Its activity is equal to its malice It is named an evil spirit because God is Spirit and error is a false claim a liar

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(1 Cor. 13I Cor 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. I Cor 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. I Cor 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. I Cor 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, I Cor 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; I Cor 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; I Cor 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. I Cor 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. I Cor 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. I Cor 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. I Cor 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. I Cor 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. I Cor 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. read) Subject John 10th. 21st.

Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?John 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

The term blind is rendered variously in the Scriptures In John 9th. 1st. It signifies such as are deprived of eyesight as in the following passage

X As Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from his birthJohn 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. X

In ExodousCorrected:Exodus 23rd. 8. It relates to those who will not discern between right and wrong reading thus

X Thou shalt take no gift, for the gift blindeth the wise and perverteth the righteousEx 23:8 ¶And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous. X

In Isaiah 56th 10thIsa 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Editorial Note: Eddy probably means to refer to Deut 27:18 here. Isaiah 56:10 reads: His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.Editorial Note: Eddy probably means to refer to Deut 27:18 here. Isaiah 56:10 reads: His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.. it refers to those who through simplicity or ignorance are misled, seduced by pernicious counsel, and reads thus

X Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way and all the people shall say amen.Deut 27:18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen. X

2ondOriginal:2nd Cor. 4th. 4th. It signifies such as reject truth notwithstanding the clear discoveries of the its way and the method by others, whereof the apostle saith

X In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them that understand not lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto themII Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. X said the prophet Isaiah

Isaiah 42ondOriginal:42nd 19 who is blind but my servantIsa 42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant? ? When referingCorrected:referring to deceitful teachers blinded by their own interest against against any conviction Isaiah said who is blind but referring to hatred my servant?Isa 42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant? John said But he that hateth his John said when refering to envy; he that hateth his brother is in darkness and knoweth not whether he goeth because that darkness hath blinded his eyesI John 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

Rev 3rd 17. Refers When referingCorrected:referring to such as are self conceited puffed up, it reads thou and knowest not that thou art blind miserable, and poor and blindRev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Metaphysics teach us--

There can be no blindness of except in mind for that mere matter cannot see of itself that and the optic nerve can convey no Intelligence from mind to matter or from matter to mind

Hence the conclusion words of our Master the great expositor of metaphysics that “if ye were blind ye should have no sin”John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. and again “Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?”John 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

Mind is Intelligence matter is non intelligence

Reason and revelation must coincide else one or the other must be useless Reason assures us that if the cause be embraces the effect and there can be nothing in an effect which existed not in the cause hence there is no blindness In He that formed the eye can he not see?

Devil is (Abaddon in Hebrew) and (Apollion in Greek)

Called in John 19thJohn 19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. Editorial Note: Eddy probably means John 12:31.Editorial Note: Eddy probably means John 12:31. (Prince of the WorldJohn 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. ) 1st John 3rd. 8. a sinner Accuser Rev. 12 10th X an AccuserRev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. X Rev. 20th. 10 X A deceiverRev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. X John 8. 44. X A liarJohn 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. X John 8. 44. X A murderer X Isaiah 27. 1. X A serpentIsa 27:1 In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. X Math. 18th. 34. X A tormenterMatt 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. X 2ondOriginal:2nd Cor. 4. 4. X The god of this worldII Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. X

The word devil comes from the Greek Diabolis which signifies a calumniator or accuser

Devil is called Belial which is a Hebrew word and signifies that which is good for nothing, a libertine

My version of Devil is error of every kind and character and error has all modes It allures with the hope of impunity It promises universal knowledge of evil It deceives disguises betrays It is the enemy of peace or harmony Its activity is equal to its malice It is named an evil spirit because God is Spirit and error is a false claim a liar