Accession: A10360B
Editorial Title: The Bible Teaches Us How to Heal the Sick
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Date: December 8, 1878
Manuscript Description: This sermon draft was handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy.
Editorial Note: Mary Baker Eddy gave this sermon at Shawmut Avenue Baptist Church.
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We shall confine our remarks mostly to the spiritual signification of the scripture.

Friends, The Bible is the book of Books, the foundation Truth of all things; yea, the only revelator of what God is, and what God does. But for this Bible my earthly career had passed from human scutiny over seventeen years, ago ——

The book of Genesis has an importance to which no other document of history bears the slightest claim It is not only the oldest book that is trustworthy history but the only one that opens to spiritual sense a clear concise view of God's government and spiritual creation as when the eternal US made man and made him in the image and likness of Spirit This Truth of being is the spiritual origin of the universe and of man that is the reality of man and the universe that we shall contrast with the so called material origin of both which is the error and speculative theory. Though the geology and genealogy of Genesis weighed in the balance of material and speculative history are wanting in direct data or minus the material coroborating fact it matters not for having more clearly than all other history the spiritual fact it is of no importance what mere matter is supposed to substantiate or to refute. The material lack confirms the spiritual presence in all history; for the one rules out the other. We cannot serve God and mammon

When prying into profane or material history for incident, testimony, or proof, we are not drawing our premises and conclusions of man and God from the opposite spiritual Truth and this is our only safe starting point or inference Matter is a mortal instructor, Spirit is our immortal teacher, yea, it is the unerring and eternal Truth that contains the science of God and is the promulgator of all harmony Materialistic history and philosophy are the opinions of man so immeasurably inferior to the perfect Infinite and One Mind imparting spiritual understanding or its own idea image and likeness .. Genesis unlike the Vedas is not a collection of hymns more or less sublime nor is it like the Zend-AvestaAs Written:ZendavestaEditorial Note: The Zoroastrian "Avesta" ("Book of the Law") is a fragmentary collection of sacred writings. Compiled over many centuries, it is rooted in the teachings of the sixth century B.C. Persian prophet Zarathustra. a mere speculation on the origin of all things; nor like the Yih-KingEditorial Note: An ancient Chinese sacred text in which all the permutations of yang and yin are recorded. (Eking) an untelligible blunder. The five books of the PentateuchEditorial Note: The first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. form a consecutive whole — whose central points are 1st The history and Truth of our spiritual creation and being 2ndAs Written:2ond the history and error of material creation or life in matter and thirdly the law from SinaiEditorial Note: The Ten Commandments. See Exodus 20:1-17. which is the spiritual rule and moral cardinal of Christian Science. That spiritual and moral law, called the ten commandments, is a perfect digest of wisdom wherewith to regulate the routine of life; without it there could be no spiritual order in Truth and the science of being could not have been expressed by the unerring Mind that already embraced it.

So indispensible are the ten commandments to health, happiness and immortality, we have made them our central figure in the group of healing. Have ingrafted them into all its mental conditions as the test of all. A most solemn oath is to be taken by every member of the Association of Christian Scientists to obey the ten commandmentsEx 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Ex 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Ex 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; Ex 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Ex 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Ex 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Ex 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: Ex 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Ex 20:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Ex 20:12 ¶Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Ex 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. Ex 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Ex 20:15 Thou shalt not steal. Ex 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Ex 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. strictly as conscientiously on penalty of being expelled from this association and a dishonord name given to the public. I say on on the strength of my own experience and the authority of Holy Writ that I could never have gained an insight into the Principle of Christian healing had I in thought or deed lived apart from the true spirit and letter of those commands. The mortal stint of human ability God pities and supplies relief out of our calls for help. What if the cry went forth of old he is a gluttonMatt 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. Luke 7:34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! , who was the least eater in of the age, and he casteth out devils, error, through the prince of devils, who was the greatest demonstrator of God and christian healing. This public scoff could not make that lie true and could not harm the history of our Master when in after years that history was understood The great spiritual advancement that enabled Jesus to lead on the centuries towards God was the foundation of his power to heal; and also it was the cause of all the persecution he met from the material and sensual age in which that history occurredAs Written:occured.

Friends, is it not sufficientAs Written:sufficent that the servantAs Written:servent shall be as his Lord?Matt 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? and that we partake of the crumbs that fall from our Masters table?Matt 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Jesus has said, and I have learned it is true, that we shall indeed drink of the cup of his experiences if we follow him in the new and higherAs Written:higer revelations of divine life, and what that Life brings out in demonstration of casting out error and healing the sickMatt 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. . We have never known a student who had been taught the Principle and practice of christian healing and who adhered to the ten commandmentsEx 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Ex 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Ex 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; Ex 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Ex 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Ex 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Ex 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: Ex 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Ex 20:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Ex 20:12 ¶Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Ex 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. Ex 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Ex 20:15 Thou shalt not steal. Ex 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Ex 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. who failed to do good and to be an ornament to the cause of Truth, if that student was fearless in his course and trusted God with all his heart; and we have never known a student christian science who departed from his obedience to those perfect precepts who did good by a mental method of healing or who was not an enemy to the followers of Christ and a depraved defrauder of Truth.

We will now consider in brief explanation the directions given by our Master to those students whom he sent forth on the true mission of Christianity. Originally the Samaritans were the children of Israel; but 726 years Before the history of Jesus Samaria was filled by Asyrians and these were the inhabitants spoken of in the New TestamentAs Written:N.T. and not the descendantsAs Written:decendants of the children of Israel

They were idolaters worshipped a medley of divinities — The Hebrew of Gentiles signified signifiedAs Written:signified the surrounding nations or foreigners opposed to Israel

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We shall confine our remarks mostly to the spiritual signification of the scripture.

Friends, The Bible is the book of Books, the foundation Truth of all things; yea, the only revelator of what God is, and what God does. But for this Bible my earthly career had passed from sight human scutiny over seventeen years, ago ——

The book of Genesis has an importance to which no other document of history bears the slightest claim It is not only the oldest book that is trustworthy history but the only one that opens to spiritual sense a clear concise view of the God's government and spiritual creation as contrasted with a material creation whose basis is matter when the eternal US made man and made him in the image and likness of Spirit This Truth of being which is the spiritual origin of the universe and of man that is the Truth or reality of man and the universe contrasted that we shall contrast with the so called where the material origin of both which is the error as [?] Unclear or illegible of being and speculative theory. What Though the geology and genealogy of Genesis when weighed in the balance of material and speculative history is are wanting in direct data it matters not or minus the material coroborating fact it matters not for having more clearly than all other history the spiritual fact it is of no importance what mere matter is supposed to substantiate or to refute. The material lack confirms the spiritual presence in all history; for the one rules out the other. We cannot serve God and mammon

When prying into profane or material history for incident, testimony, or proof, we are not drawing our only premises and conclusions of man and God from the opposite fount of spiritual Truth man’s or being in science only premises and conclusion of God and man and this is our only safe starting point or inference Matter is a mortal instructor, Spirit is our immortal teacher, yea, it is the unerring and eternal Truth that contains the science of God and is the promulgator of all harmony Materialistic history or and philosophy is are the opinions of man so immeasurably inferior to the perfect Infinite and One Mind imparting spiritual understanding or its own idea or image and likeness to our spiritual understanding.. Genesis unlike the Vedas is not a collection of hymns more or less sublime nor is it like the ZendavestaCorrected:Zend-AvestaEditorial Note: The Zoroastrian "Avesta" ("Book of the Law") is a fragmentary collection of sacred writings. Compiled over many centuries, it is rooted in the teachings of the sixth century B.C. Persian prophet Zarathustra. a mere speculation on the origin of all things; nor like the Yih-King Yih-KingEditorial Note: An ancient Chinese sacred text in which all the permutations of yang and yin are recorded. (Eking) an untelligible blunder. The five books of the PentateuchEditorial Note: The first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. form a consecutive whole — whose central points are 1st The history of the and Truth of our spiritual creation and being and 2ondOriginal:2nd the history of the or and error of a material creation or life in matter and thirdly the law from SinaiEditorial Note: The Ten Commandments. See Exodus 20:1-17. which is the spiritual rule and moral cardinal of Christian Science. That spiritual and moral law, or called the ten commandments, is a perfect digest of wisdom wherewith to regulate the routine of life; without that perfect moral law there it there could be no spiritual order in Truth and the science of being could never be attained by less than not have been expressed by the unerring Mind that already embraced it.

So indispensible are the ten commandments to health, happiness and immortality, we have made them our one central figure in the mental group of healing. Have ingrafted them into all its mental conditions as the test of all. a A most solemn oath is to be taken by every member of the Association of Christian Scientists to obey by [?] Unclear or illegiblethe ten commandmentsEx 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Ex 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Ex 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; Ex 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Ex 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Ex 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Ex 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: Ex 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Ex 20:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Ex 20:12 ¶Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Ex 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. Ex 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Ex 20:15 Thou shalt not steal. Ex 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Ex 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. strictly as conscientiously on penalty of being expelled from this Association association and a dishonord name being given to posterity the public. I say I say on on the strength of my own experience and the authority of Holy Writ that I could never have gained an insight into the Principle of Christian healing had I in thought or deed lived apart from the true spirit and letter of those commands. What The mortal stint of human ability God pities and supplies relief out of our calls for help. What if the cry went forth of old he is a gluttonMatt 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. Luke 7:34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! , who was the least eater in of the age, and he casteth out devils, error, through the prince of devils, who was the greatest exponent demonstrator of God and christian healing. This public scoff could not make that lie true and could not harm the history of our Master when in after years whenthat history was understood and and The great spiritual advancement that enabled him Jesus to lead on the centuries towards God was the foundation of his power to heal; and also it was the cause of all the persecution he met from the material and sensual age in which that history of Jesus occuredCorrected:occurred.

Friends, is it not sufficentCorrected:sufficient that the serventCorrected:servant shall be as his Lord?Matt 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? and that we may partake of the crumbs that fall from our Masters table?Matt 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Jesus has said, and I have learned it is true, that we shall indeed drink of the cup of his experiences if we follow him in the new and higerCorrected:higher revelations of the divine life, and what it that Life brings out in demonstration of casting out error and healing the sickMatt 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. . We have never seen known a student who had been taught the Principle and practice of christian healing that and who adhered to the ten commandmentsEx 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Ex 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Ex 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; Ex 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Ex 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Ex 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Ex 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: Ex 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Ex 20:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Ex 20:12 ¶Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Ex 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. Ex 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Ex 20:15 Thou shalt not steal. Ex 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Ex 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. who failed to do good and to be an ornament to the cause of Truth, if he that student was fearless in his course and trusted God with all his heart; and we have never known a student christian science who departed from his obedience to those perfect precepts who did good by a mental method of healing or who was not the an enemy to the followers of Christ and a depraved defrauder of Truth.

Let us We will now consider in brief explanation the the blessed directions given by our Master to those students whom he sent forth on the true mission of casting out error and healing the sick Christianity. Originally the Samaritans were the children of Israel; but 726 years Before the history of Jesus Samaria was filled by Asyrians and these were the inhabitants spoken of in the N.T.Expanded:New Testament and not the decendantsCorrected:descendants of the children of Israel

They were idolaters worshipped a medley of divinities — The Hebrew of Gentiles signified signifiedAs Written:signified the surrounding nations or foreigners opposed to Israel