Accession: L02555
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to William I. Gill, November 26, 1886
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: William I. Gill 
Date: Novemeber 26, 1886
Manuscript Description: Handwritten in ink by Mary Baker Eddy on unlined paper.
Editorial Note: In this letter, Mary Bake Eddy responds to Rev. Gill's letter of November 25 in which he describes his struggles with some of her teachings and expresses that perhaps he will no longer be able to practice or preach Christian Science.
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L02555
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My dear Student

I trace a strong element of malicious mind acting on your morning thoughts. This to me is so very discouraging, for my morning thoughts always come clearer and are nearer His. It is a mark ― this glorious sun-centre of Divine philosophy and religion.

The students never left me on account of it, they have not been honest as you are who have made for themselves broken cisterns. And if your honesty yields to the lies whispered and honestly believes on in the line of making God what a human thought conceives, I shall stop my labor and this cause, perfect in all its ways, will go down. The foundation is ― a “God too pure to behold iniquity while His law covers it all with holiness There is in reality no iniquity unless iniquity is Truth But iniquity is a lie ― that was and never will be aught else, hence there is no iniquity and God knows it. Not one can heal in Science who admits the reality of iniquity but is dividing his vesture All seem casting lots for it more or less.

There may be such a thing as discouraging me. It looks like it now. You regard this grandest point of Science as once religionists regarded Foreordination. That has exploded by growth, and so will the awful inconsistency that God is not too pure to behold and attend to iniquity

You are a shining mark, you are in the open field, your bosom companion is dark as most all are on this question, the enemy are talking inaudibly and audibly to lead you astray

You see for a moment, in my atmosphere, the glimpseAs Written:glimps of this God-summit, then go away and the fowls of the air pick up this good seed.

Tell me, I ask, who of my intelligent students, unless it is a dogmatist in religion such as Mr. Lang is yet to a certain degree that denies ― if they do not understand ― this fundamental Truth? Or a villainAs Written:villian who veers for popularity with the winds. Stand up and be a man as you are― face this struggle and reason guided by the Spirit will be convinced of this great Truth

Lovingly
M B G Eddy

It is only a spiritual not an intellectual darkness that causes the human reason to reject this highest revelation of God

Your wife seeks to still the storm in your breast just when I should bid it rage then it would vent itself and the sunshine of the above Truth would appear I stand forever here God put my feet on this Rock

Now these struggles of your reason should go on and you should learn and must learn by them the new and living witnesses of Him We cannot in Science put this new wine into old bottlesMatt 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Mark 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. Luke 5:37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. or it will be spilled

EddyAs Written:E.

Truth saith I am All

Law of Truth saith ⎯ Every oppositeAs Written:opposit of whatever name or nature to me, this law, that God is All, I, the intelligent law of Truth condemn and punish

This law of God is universal infinite and eternal by virtue of God's Allness and that God cannot know what is outside of Divine knowing namely that there is something beside Him, Good. But His law reaches with its spirit and intelligent working every error supposable because it is the law that defines God as All and that there is none beside Him, hence that there is no error

The above is Christian Science, nothing in the premise or conclusion is contradictory or confusing to the most intellectual logical thought.

"God is too pure to behold iniquity"Hab 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? Bible

As mortals grow to purity this is proven, for in that ratio does impurity become negation, and this fact on the ground of deduction proves that Good knows no evil in the totality of good

Archival Note: This word is written upside down and has three diagonal lines drawn through it.

EddyAs Written:E.

Your reasoning that Truth misunderstood does not affect the demonstration of Truth is not correct

I demonstrated on this very basis as above what I state herein It was what I saw, felt, and knew, that first saved my life; but the conviction of its truth that raised me up from a helpless injury was not the understanding of it, that I gained afterwards Now the person convinced or convicted of this great Truth is the best healer for their faith in its Truth saves themselves and others until they can understand it. This is the case with my best practitionersAs Written:practioners

But to disbelieve it shuts the door on its efficacy with the unbeliever He may heal in belief and call it science but it is not. This is the chief corner stone that the builders reject but it must and will become the head of the corner of Christian Science A perfect theory is indispensable to a perfect practice

You are not both mortal and immortal mind or body. The Ego, you, is immortal only. The mortal is the suggestive lie callingAs Written:callinging itself you when it is not. The immortal is the Spiritual you shining through the suppositional cloud or lie but remember there is no lie! God is All You are not two opposites but are one entity and individuality The lying "you" is likened by Paul to that which was not him "no longer I but sin"

I will relieve you on Numbers 4 & 5 but I want you to stay relieved To that end make a law that shall meet this occasion viz ― "That neither envy, malice nor error of any kind can darken you on the cardinal points of Christian Science as taught by Mrs. Eddy".

If only you will watch and work and keep out this robber I will pledge that “you to shall be clear on this question. Every honest student that has departed from the fundamentals of Christian ScienceAs Written:Ch. Sci. had adopted them before this departure and was carried away by mesmerism

This I say knowing the history of this Cause as no other one d[*]Archival Note: This letter ends here, mid-word.

L02555
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My dear Student

I trace a strong element of malicious mind acting on your morning thoughts. This to me is so very discouraging, for my morning thoughts always come clearer and are nearer His. It is a mark ― this glorious sun-centre of Divine philosophy and religion.

The students never left me on account of it, they have not been honest as you are who have made for themselves broken cisterns. And if your honesty yields to the lies whispered and honestly believes on in the line of making God what a human thought conceives, I shall stop my labor and this cause, perfect in all its ways, will go down. The foundation is ― a “God too pure to behold iniquity while His law covers it all with holiness and There is in reality no iniquity unless iniquity is Truth and But iniquity is a lie ― that was and never will be aught else, hence there is no iniquity and God knows it. Not one can heal in Science who admits the reality of iniquity but is dividing his vesture All seem casting lots for it more or less.

There may be such a thing as discouraging me. It looks like it now. You regard this grandest point of Science as once religionists regarded Foreordination. That has exploded by growth, and so will the awful inconsistency that God is not too pure to behold and attend to iniquity

You are a shining mark, you are in the open field, your bosom companion is dark as most all are on this question, the enemy are talking inaudibly and audibly to lead you astray

You see for a moment, in my atmosphere, the glimpsCorrected:glimpse of this God-summit, then go away and the fowls of the air pick up this good seed.

Tell me, I ask, who of my intelligent students, unless it is a dogmatist in religion such as Mr. Lang is yet to a certain degree shall that denies ― if they do not understand ― this fundamental Truth? Or a villianCorrected:villain who veers for popularity with the winds. Stand up and be a man to as you are― face this struggle and reason guided by the Spirit will be convinced of this great Truth

Lovingly
M B G Eddy

It is only a spiritual not an intellectual darkness that causes the human reason to reject this highest revelation of God

Your wife seeks to still the storm in your breast just when I should bid it rage then it would vent itself and the sunshine of the above Truth would appear I stand forever here God put my feet on this Rock

Now these struggles of your reason should go on and you should learn and must learn by them the new and living witnesses of Him We cannot in Science put this new wine into old bottlesMatt 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Mark 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. Luke 5:37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. or it will be spilled

E.Expanded:Eddy

Truth saith I am All

Law of Truth saith ⎯ Go Every oppositCorrected:opposite of whatever name or nature to me, this law, that God is All, I, the intelligent law of Truth condemn and punish

This law of God is universal infinite and eternal by virtue of God's Allness and that God cannot know what is outside of Divine knowing namely that there is something beside Him, Good. But His law reaches with its spirit and intelligent working the every error supposable because it is the law that defines God as All and that there is none beside Him, hence that there is no error

The above is Christian Science, nothing in the premise or conclusion is contradictory or confusing to the most intellectual logical thought.

"God is too pure to behold iniquity"Hab 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? Bible

As we mortals grow to purity this is proven, for in that ratio does impurity become negation, and this fact on the ground of deduction proves that Good knows no evil in the totality of good

GodArchival Note: This word is written upside down and has three diagonal lines drawn through it.

E.Expanded:Eddy

Your reasoning that Truth misunderstood does not affect the demonstration of Truth is not correct

I demonstrated on this very basis as above what I state herein It was what I saw, felt, and knew, that first saved my life; but the conviction of its truth that raised me up from a helpless injury was not the understanding of it, that I gained afterwards Now the person convinced or convicted of this great Truth is the best healer for their faith in its Truth saves themselves and others until they can understand it. This is the case with my best practionersCorrected:practitioners

But to disbelieve it shuts the door on its efficacy to the unbeliever with the unbeliever He may heal in belief and call it science but it is not. This is the chief corner stone that the builders reject but it must and will become the head of the corner of Christian Science A perfect theory is indispensable to a perfect practice

You are not both mortal and immortal mind or body. The Ego, is you, and you are is immortal only. The mortal is the suggestive lie callingingCorrected:calling itself a you when it is not. The immortal is the Spiritual you shining through the suppositional cloud of the or lie but remember there is no lie! God is All You are not two opposites but are one entity and individuality The lying "you" is likened as by Paul to that which was not him "no longer I but sin"

I will relieve you on Numbers 4 & 5 but I want you to stay relieved Now To that end make a law that shall meet this occasion viz ― "That neither envy, malice nor error of any kind can darken you on the cardinal points of Christian Science as taught by Mrs. Eddy".

If only you will watch and work to and keep out this robber I will pledge that “you to shall be clear on this question. Every honest student that has departed from the fundamentals of Ch. Sci.Expanded:Christian Science had adopted them before this departure and was carried away by mesmerism

This I say knowing the history of this Cause as no other one d[*]Archival Note: This letter ends here, mid-word.