Accession: A10766
Editorial Title: The Theology of Christian Science
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Date: June 14, 1885
Manuscript Description: Handwritten in pencil by Mary Baker Eddy.
Editorial Note: Mary Baker Eddy delivered this sermon at Hawthorne Hall.
Related Versions: See A10741Click link to view A10741 document in new window to read the benediction and closing for this sermon and see A10691Click link to view A10691 document in new window to read an outline of it. See A10637Click link to view A10637 document in new window to read the Order of Service.
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A10766
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Sub The Theology of Christian Science
Text John 7.16.

"My doctrine is not mine but his that sent me"John 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

Life is not yet learned mortal life is an enigma every hour of its history — a mystery strugglingAs Written:strugling to pierce its molderingAs Written:mouldering environments the testimony of the senses afford no aid they can not inform us of Life God or whence and wherefore is man whence his origin and what his destiny what is real or what is right since they can take no cognizance of Spirit or the things of Spirit They can not show the things of the CreatorAs Written:Crator in the creature Only through the law of opposites can erring mortals can conceive aught of the unerring and immortal a perfect man and his divine Principle God unbelittled by human conceptions

[*]Archival Note: A vertical line is drawn through this paragraph.Infidelity Pantheism Agnosticism are grave mistakes to any the fool hath said no GodPs 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Ps 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. concludesAs Written:concluds the creatorAs Written:crator knows no more of us than we know of ourselves is the error of materialistic religions of and philosophy and far from Christian ScienceAs Written:Ch Sc whose entire genius origin and results are daring all for Deity Spirit and nothing for matter we appeal for a higher understanding of spirit a more spiritual guide inviolate good If artifice content to adjust human opinions is satisfied with deceit it must become dissatisfied and loath the leisure and error of sense Art is useful only in imitatingAs Written:immitating something better and beyond itself Science is not be conciliated or tricked by art of another type while it is won and glorified by the excellence of honest labor to find the right ideal and seek only the favor of such as work for that honor its principle and so demonstrate over and aboveAs Written:abve the senses the Theology of Christian Science namely honesty gratitude meekness mercy justice purity truth Love

Healing the sick rebuking and reclaiming the sinner The archery of deceit breaks its own bow with violence or aims too carelessly for wisdom not to detect and turn aside since the absence of one right and the substitution of one wrong breaks the rule of divine Science and subjects you to retreat or the problem of life to be governed blindly by sense and error.

The adaptation and correspondence of myriad forms of nature to their elements in Mind the utilization of truth in nourishing the forms of thoughts as the soil nourishes the seed, the completeness of the complicated system of forces that draw all support from Mind leaves no doubt that our only source and resource is God and that man his highest work reflects Him and is perfect if we could behold him at his true standard. Science alone makesAs Written:make plain and possible that divine mandate so impossible to sense be ye perfect etc

A10766
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Sub The Theology of Christian Science
Text John 7.16.

"My doctrine is not mine but his that sent me"John 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

Life is not yet learned mortal life is an enigma every hour of its history — a mystery struglingCorrected:struggling to pierce its moulderingCorrected:moldering maze to break its environments the testimony of the senses afford no aid they can not inform us of Life God or whence and wherefore is man whence his origin and what his destiny what is real or what is right since they can take no cognizance of Spirit or the things of Spirit and show them They can not show the things of the CratorCorrected:Creator in the creature Only through the law of opposites can erring mortals with can conceive aught of the unerring and immortal a perfect man and his divine Principle God unbelittled by human conceptions

[*]Archival Note: A vertical line is drawn through this paragraph.Infidelity Pantheism Agnosticism are grave mistakes to any the fool hath said no GodPs 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Ps 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. concludsCorrected:concludes the cratorCorrected:creator knows no more of us than we know of ourselves is the error of materialistic religions of and philosophy and far from Ch ScExpanded:Christian Science whose entire genius origin and results are daring all for Deity Spirit and nothing for matter we appeal for a higher understanding of spirit a more spiritual guide the inviolate good If artifice content to adjust human opinions is satisfied with its deceit it must become dissatisfied and loath the leisure and error tricks of sense Art is useful only in immitatingCorrected:imitating something better and beyond itself Science is not be conciliated or tricked by art of another type while it is won and glorified by the excellence of honest labor to find the right ideal and seek only the favor of such as work for that honor its principle and so demonstrate over and abveCorrected:above the senses the Theology of Christian Science namely honesty gratitude meekness mercy justice purity truth Love

Healing the sick rebuking and reclaiming the sinner The archery of deceit breaks its own bow with violence or aims too carelessly for wisdom not to detect and turn aside since the absence of one right and the substitution of one wrong breaks the rule of divine Science and subjects you to retreat or the problem of life to be governed blindly by sense and error.

The adaptation and correspondence of myriad forms of nature to their own elements in Mind the utilization of truth in nourishing the forms of thoughts as the soil nourishes the seed, the completeness of the complicated system of nature forces that draws all its support from Mind leaves no doubt that our only source and resource is God and that man his highest work reflects Him and is perfect if we could behold him at his true standard. Science alone makeCorrected:makes plain and possible glorifies that divine mandate so impossible to sense be ye perfect etc