Accession: A10380C
Editorial Title: But if ye had known
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Scribe: Asa G. Eddy 
Annotator: Mary Baker Eddy 
Date: unknown
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Asa G. Eddy with edits by Mary Baker Eddy.
Editorial Note: It has not yet been determined where or when Mary Baker Eddy delivered this sermon.
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"But if ye had known what that meaneth I will have mercy and not sacrifice ye would not have condemned the guiltless"Matt 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

A larger proportion of the sin that is committed is the result of ignorance. The great teacher of MetaphysicsEditorial Note: Jesus said to his persecutors ye know not what ye doLuke 23:34 ¶Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. You know not the sad consequences to yourself of wronging another. The ignorance referred to in the Biblical passage selected for our subject was no lack of human knowledge no deficiency of what the five personal senses take in no want of classical lore garnered from the garrulous page the mystic song or profound philosophyAs Written:phelosophy it was not the absence of the artisanAs Written:artizan or the scholarAs Written:schollar. Mathematicians Musicians professions of chemistryAs Written:chemestry astronomy Geology and natural history were those to whom that saying was addressed had ye known what this meaneth I will have mercy and not sacrificeMatt 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. . The origin of sacrifices we must leave in the silence with which history surrounds it. All will allow that the Eucharist and deprecatory views of sacrifice adhere to mortals. As an historicalquestion the origin of sacrifice is unsoluble and the higher views of its expiatory character dependendent as it is on its typeical nature appear but gradually in Scripture Christianity is not profession but proof it is the demonstration of health of body and health of mind brought out by understanding God the Principle of all being and by understanding God as Life Truth and Love which are Principle and not a person and by understanding Principale to be a trinity in unity the three in one impossible to a person but natural and possible to the principle that embraces all, and is therefore the many in one But just how Truth or Love restores health reclaims the prodigal destroys error must be left to the decisions of Christian Science or Metaphysics which treat of and alone can define the nature of Deity. If there is aught of which He is ignorant and you must inform Him He is imperfect in wisdom. But God is all wise yea the only Intelligence and God is Love More we cannot ask Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures6:17“God is Love.” More than this we cannot ask,6:18higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go. ToLet us rejoice that Deity may be understood since God is Truth and Truth is not appealed to but applied Friends do we understnd God We aught to for this word in Hebrew signifies the Father of all the Principle of the universe and of man and when we do understand this Principle even in part it will be seen in our life Our days will be prolonged by this understanding and health will be restored by it We shall be better truer happier higher We shall have less Idolatry cease to make a god of ambition of appetite avarice or wealth shall cease turning to material things for Life or Intelligence pleasure or pain and find all being a conscious bliss and boundless Shall learn that existence is not a pendulum between joy and sorrow sin and holiness life and death knocking against the ribs of matterMary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures360:19Like a pendulum in a clock, you will be thrown back andforth, striking the ribs of matter and swinging between the360:21real and the unreal. and thrown backward Shall find our identity not destroyed but forever safe in its own entity neither cheerless nor alone but a conscious joy blessing itself and others. Friends were you ever in your life so happy in making others happy that you forgot you had a body lost all self interest in learning a little the bliss of being Godlike but did this hight deprive you of individuality No It made you more imortal in your make-up for a heavy meal or an east wind could not have harmed you then not until you returned to the old selfishness, jerked back suddenly from soul to sense could you have fet an undigested meal or have taken cold. In the Scientific sense of being that comes from our spiritual instead of material senses of Life and individuality-- no pain of body could be felt no false hope of gain could make us cheat or lie or wrong our neighor PrideAs Written:Prid would not lift lift its haughty head above the lowly Even a scanty store could not withholdAs Written:withold our miteMark 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. Mark 12:43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: Mark 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. from the treasury of Truth but we would see just how that mite gained two other mites making us a material mite less and two spiritual mites more in self sacrifice and Love thus taking us little by little out of the grasp of matter and laying us gently in the hands of Spirit even as the mother layeth the sweet babe to her bosom to nourish it into manhood. Then has your mite material earned the spiritual mite that masters matter and removes mountains. Let us be Scientists, no longer grovelling groan under the burdens of matter but rise, stretch our wings and be free! Not as a transcendentalist in airy nothing but having gained the liberty of the sons of God knowing that mind hath power infinite untrameled by the limits of personal sense that sing and and soar in freedom of Soul. Science lights the long road to heaven with beacon fires They warm they encourage and they illumine in the unfamiliar track helping us on showing us how to walk when to run where to rest with a mere theory who is fit to meet the great forever Science alone can meet the demands of time and eternity. When reckoning existence from the stand point of sense instead of Soul who is content with the meaner motive the love that is fickle the joy that is ephemeral the hate that is implacable the envy that is remorseless where all must end as it began in mortality who would tarry in the storehouse of knowledge where moth and rust doth corrupt and error steals our joy Who would slumber in the soiled sanctum of an educated conscience and live on without the science of his course Science opens up the questions of being in the higher field of inquiry Metaphysics that takes existence out of the violent hands of physics Before the history of Bethlehems babe all history pales Was it in the stable of an Inn in the Roman province of JudeaLuke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) Luke 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. Luke 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. that a new and more spiritual thought had birth Did the infant wailings of mans blend with the bleating of the goat and lowing of the kine and his wisdom go down the track of centuries and warrior king and philosopher bow before it The meek nazareenEditorial Note: Jesus was the most conspicuous character that ever trod the globe Uneducated he introduced the Science of Metaphysics that controled physics His teachings overthrew the proudest systems of philosophy ancient or modern and should take Theology back to its definition At the period of his birth Rome was the world and Ceasar was the governor of Rome but Jesus was greater than Ceasar He governed the realm of mind with Truth put being into the hands of Principle instead of person and this Principle or God demonstrated by what is good only and by works rather than by words Evil was no evidence to Jesus of a man! Error no witness for Truth, death no steping-stone to life Unless we are getting rid of death sin sickness and error of every sort nearing that Principle of being taught by Jesus and learning the demonstration of Life Holiness and immortality--If we are learning of God instead of man our way to harmony and Heaven we shall bring out God in demonstration in proof of this, but if we are following the guideance of man made theories we shall vibrate as a pendulum between Spirit and matter between the pure and the impure the perfect and imperfect the mortal and the immortal the right and the wrong until the force of error conquers its own power and becomes to big an error to keep on Then the vibration ceases and the error drops into oblivion its native nothingness But what is it that finish the scene What has carried on the process of the destruction of sin of sickness and death There are but two statements for one cause and effect and but one cause [*]Archival Note: A metamark that looks like the letter X appears at this point in the document. See the scan of the original to view. The law of Truth and the error of error destroy error Either suffering or error destroys error and it is science for sin to suffer [*]Archival Note: A metamark that looks like the letter X appears at this point in the document. See the scan of the original to view. I for one prefer to understand the Principle being better than to venture on sin to dare to do unto others what we would not they should do to us and if we have advanced thus far in Science sin will disappear in our demonstration of Life but if we are too ignorant of the Principle that brings out harmon that moral sense that is a moral law to life and will not obey this law our moral or spiritual sense too blank to discern it for this sin of ignorance we shall suffer but shall suffer less than knowing the right to persue the wrong Our eyes must be opened some time to the science of our course or we shall never gain the demonstration of bliss and immortality Science or suffering alone opens the eyes because we abide not by the rule of Christian Science to bring out the Principle of harmony and heaven in our lives We call ourself miserable sick and a sinner then die -- in belief to live by the rule of Science at last before we can be rid of sickness of sin or death We must work our passage to harmony the ParadiseAs Written:Paradice of Spirit We cannot shirk the task We have had no atonement that this needless and forgives us our debts unless we forgive our debtor, we must do right or we cannot reap the reward of right If we do wrong we shall suffer for that wrong, this is Gods law and Jesus never annuled the law although the good do suffer because of the evil The theory creed or doctrine teaching that sin is forgiven by a personal God instead of destroyed by suffering or refrained from through Science is a dangerous one and covers a volcano of error only to consume with pent up fires and brough forth in eruptions belching its sulphurous odors or hints of Hades from church, from state, from civil religious and sacred sources until we are tempted to think that being hath no science that all is chance and original chaos that the biggest villain is the prince of this world and an honest man is not the work of God Let us be patient God governs to day and tomorrow this troubled dream is not the reality of Life but tis well to see evil as evil instead of good if we see it at all. If not doing as well as we know how the waking from this dream will not come The dream will continue and grow more troubled bring more disquiet and unhappiness until from the face of self-love we at length relinquish all error and especially the silly scheme of doing wrong and thinking to come out right. Sin sickness and death we must fight with the fact found out in in Science that these are conditions of mind latent thoughts that to personal sense appear on the body but which conditions mind only and not matter can destroy

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"But if ye had known what that meaneth I will have mercy and not sacrifice ye would not have condemned the guiltless"Matt 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

A larger proportion of the sin that is committed is the result of ignorance. The great teacher of MetaphysicsEditorial Note: Jesus said to his persecutors ye know not what ye doLuke 23:34 ¶Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. You know not the sad consequences to yourself of wronging another. The ignorance referred to in the Biblical passage selected for our subject was no lack of human knowledge no deficiency of what the five personal senses take in no want of classical lore garnered from the garrulous page the mystic song or profound phelosophyCorrected:philosophy it was not the absence of the artizanCorrected:artisan or the schollarCorrected:scholar. Mathematicians Musicians professions of chemestryCorrected:chemistry astronomy Geology and natural history were those to whom that saying was addressed had ye known what this meaneth I will have mercy and not sacrificeMatt 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. . The origin of sacrifices we must leave in the silence with which history surrounds it. All will allow that the Eucharist and the deprecatory views of sacrifice adhere to mortals. As an historicalquestion the origin of sacrifice is unsoluble and the higher views of its expiatory character dependendent as it is on its typeical nature appear but gradually in Scripture Christianity is not profession but proof it is the demonstration of health of body and health of mind brought out by understanding God the Principle of all being and by understanding God as Life Truth and Love which are a Principle and not a person and by understanding Principale to be a trinity in unity the three in one impossible to a person but natural and possible to the principle that embraces all, and is therefore the many in one But just how Truth or Love restores health reclaims the prodigal destroys error and hate must be left to the decisions of Christian Science or Metaphysics which treat of and alone can define the nature of Deity. If there is aught of which He is ignorant and you must inform Him He is imperfect in wisdom. But God is all wise yea the only Intelligence and God is Love More we cannot ask Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures6:17“God is Love.” More than this we cannot ask,6:18higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go. ToLet us rejoice that Deity may be understood since God is Truth and Truth is not appealed to but applied Friends do we understnd God We aught to for this word in Hebrew signifies the Father of all the Principle of the universe and of man and when we do understand this Principle even in part it will be seen in our life Our days will be prolonged by this understanding and health will be restored by it We shall be better happier truer holier truer happier higher We shall have less Idolatry cease to make a god of ambition of appetite avarice or wealth shall cease turning to material things for Life or Intelligence pleasure or pain and find all being a conscious bliss and boundless Shall learn that existence is not a pendulum between joy and sorrow sin and holiness life and death knocking against the ribs of matterMary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures360:19Like a pendulum in a clock, you will be thrown back andforth, striking the ribs of matter and swinging between the360:21real and the unreal. and thrown backward Shall find our identity not destroyed but forever safe in its own entity neither cheerless nor alone but a conscious joy blessing itself and others. Friends were you ever in your life so happy in making others happy that you forgot you had a body lost all self interest in learning a little the bliss of being Godlike but did this hight deprive you of individuality No It made you more imortal in your make-up for a heavy meal or an east wind could not have harmed you then not until you returned to the old selfishness, jerked back suddenly from soul to sense could you have fet an undigested meal or have taken cold. In the Scientific sense of being that comes from our spiritual instead of material se senses of Life and individuality-- no pain of body could be felt no false hope of gain could make us cheat or lie or wrong our neighor PridCorrected:Pride would not lift lift its haughty head above the lowly Even a scanty store could not witholdCorrected:withhold our miteMark 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. Mark 12:43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: Mark 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. from the treasury of Truth but we would see just how that mite gained two other mites making us a material mite less and two spiritual mites more in self sacrifice and Love thus taking us little by little out of the grasp of matter and laying us gently in the hands of Spirit even as the mother layeth the sweet babe to her bosom to nourish it into manhood. Then has your mite material earned the spiritual mite that masters matter and removes mountains. Let us be Scientists, no longer grovelling groan under the burdens of matter but rise, stretch our wings and be free! Not as a transcendentalist in airy nothing but having gained the liberty of the sons of God knowing that mind hath power infinite untrameled by the limits of personal sense that sing and and soar in freedom of Soul. Science lights the long road to heaven with beacon fires They warm they encourage and they illumine in the unfamiliar track helping us on showing us how to walk when to run where to rest with a mere theory who is fit to meet the great forever Science alone can meet the demands of time and eternity. When reckoning existence from the stand point of sense instead of Soul who is content with the meaner motive the love that is fickle the joy that is ephemeral the hate that is implacable the envy that is remorseless where all must end as it began in mortality who would tarry in the storehouse of knowledge where moth and rust doth corrupt and error steals our joy Who would slumber in the soiled sanctum of an educated conscience and live on without the science of his course of his course Science opens up the questions of being in the higher field of inquiry Metaphysics that takes existence out of the violent hands of physics Before the history of Bethlehems babe all history pales Was it in the stable of an Inn in the Roman province of JudeaLuke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) Luke 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. Luke 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. h that a new and more spiritual thought had birth Did the infant wailings of mans blend with the bleating of the goat and lowing of the kine and his wisdom go down the track of centuries and warrior king and philosopher bow before it The meek nazareenEditorial Note: Jesus was the most conspicuous character that ever trod the globe Uneducated he introduced the Science of Metaphysics that controled physics His teachings overthrew the proudest systems of philosophy ancient or modern and should take Theology back to its definition At the period of his birth Rome was the world and Ceasar was the governor of Rome but Jesus was greater than Ceasar He governed the realm of mind with Truth put being into the hands of Principle instead of person and this Principle or God and demonstrated by what is good only and by works rather than by words Evil was no evidence to Jesus of a man! Error no witness for Truth, death no steping-stone to life Unless we are getting rid of death sin sickness and error of every sort nearing that Principle of being taught by Jesus and learning the demonstration of Life Holiness and immortality--If we are learning of God instead of man our way to harmony and Heaven we shall bring out God in demonstration in proof of this, but if we are following the guideance of man made theories we shall vibrate as a pendulum between Spirit and matter between the pure and the impure the perfect and imperfect the mortal and the immortal the right and the wrong until the force of error conquers its own power and becomes to big an error to keep on Then the vibration ceases and the error drops into oblivion its native nothingness But what is it that finish the scene What has carried on the process of the destruction of sin of sickness and death There are but two statements for one cause and effect and but one cause [*]Archival Note: A metamark that looks like the letter X appears at this point in the document. See the scan of the original to view. The law of Truth and the error of error destroy error Either suffering or error destroys error and it is science for sin to suffer [*]Archival Note: A metamark that looks like the letter X appears at this point in the document. See the scan of the original to view. I for one prefer to understand the Principle being better than to venture on sin to dare to do unto others what we would not they should do un to us and if we have advanced thus far in Science sin will disappear in our demonstration of Life but if we are too ignorant of the Principle that brings out harmon that moral sense that is a moral law to life and will not obey this law our moral or spiritual sense too blank to discern it for this sin of ignorance we shall suffer but shall suffer less than knowing the right to persue the wrong Our eyes must be opened some time to the science of our course or we shall never gain the demonstration of bliss and immortality Science or suffering alone opens the eyes because we abide not by the rule of Christian Science to bring out the Principle of harmony and heaven in our lives We call ourself miserable sick and a sinner then die -- in belief to live by the rule of Science at last before we can be rid of sickness of sin or death We must work our passage to harmony the ParadiceCorrected:Paradise of Spirit We cannot shirk the task We have had no atonement that this needless and forgives us our debts unless we forgive our debtor, we must do right or we cannot reap the reward of right If we do wrong we shall suffer for that wrong, this is Gods law and Jesus never annuled the law although the good do suffer because of the evil The theory creed or doctrine teaching that sin is forgiven by a personal God instead of destroyed by suffering or refrained from suffering through Science is a dangerous one and covers a volcano of error only to consume with pent up fires and brough forth in eruptions belching its sulphurous odors or hints of Hades from church, from state, from civil religious and sacred sources until we are tempted to think that being hath no science that all is chance and original chaos that the biggest villain is the prince of this world and an honest man is not the work of God Let us be patient God governs to day and tomorrow this troubled dream is not the reality of Life but tis well to see evil as evil instead of good if we see it at all. If not doing as well as we know how the waking from this dream will not come The dream will continue and grow more troubled bring more disquiet and unhappiness until from the face of self-love we at length relinquish all error and especially the silly scheme of doing wrong and thinking to come out right. Sin sickness and death we must fight with the fact found out in in Science that these are conditions of mind latent thoughts that to personal sense appear on the body but which conditions mind only and not matter can destroy