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The Divine
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Written by MARY BAKER EDDY



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THE
DIVINE NATURE



AN ABBREVIATED STATEMENT
HEAVEN'S FIRST LAW
THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON
MAN AND BODY
UNITY OF ACTION



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THE DIVINE NATURE

[From The Christian Science Monitor.]

AN ABBREVIATED STATEMENT OF
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE AND THE
PRACTICE OP CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
MIND-HEALING.

EDWARD A. KIMBAUv.
Written for Use as Part of a Brief.

Webster's definition of science:

(a) Knowledge; knowledge of principles and causes;
ascertained truth or facts.

(b) Accumulated and established knowledge systema-
tized and formulated with reference to the discovery of
general truths or the operation of general laws.

Christ Jesus was possessed without measure of
accurate, definite knowledge concerning funda-
mental or divine Principle and law. He demon-
strated the eternal verity that the divine law and
power are equal to the cure of all diseases. Hence
the term Christian Science. It is certain that if
Jesus did his work lawfully and naturally he did
it scientifically. If it could be shown that it was
lawless or in contravention of law; that it was

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in defiance of divine or fundamental naturalness,
then Christianity would go down in ruins and
the works of Christ would be degraded to the
plane of spasmodic empiricism.

All the things that have actual being exist at
the standpoint of effect in consequence of some
substantial cause which has induced their exist-
ence. Everything in the universe is a manifesta-
tion of some basis, origin, source, foundation,
causation, Principle. Man with his intelligence
is the phenomenon of a necessarily intelligent
cause or creative animus. This primary creative
cause is an infinite, conscious, intelligent Being;
the only law-maker ; the supreme author and ruler
of the universe. This Supreme Being, who is
infinite good and who hath done all things well,
alone may be called Deity. This divinity is the
only God.

Man is a state of conscious intelligence or be-
ing. The divine plan concerning man provides
for him harmonious and satisfying existence and
an adequate dominion over his environment. Man
governed wholly by God would be sustained in
health and prosperity. God has not instituted nor
procured disease or kindred ills for the discom-
fiture of man. They have no part in the divine
nature or economy. Sickness is not a natural nor
God-ordained concomitant of existence.

The human race, which declares itself to be
a fallen race, is in a state of abnormity. Its fear,



AN ABBREVIATED STATEMENT 5

sin", disease, insanity, depravity, and poverty are
all illegitimate. They are utterly unlike God, and
by reason of them, humanity has involved itself
in prodigious disorder.

The problem of evil has harassed mankind for
ages. Men have sought for a solution of the
problem and for deliverance from the embrace of
evil, and they have failed. In their endeavor they
have had recourse to conjecture, hypotheses, phi-
losophy and materialistic beliefs and to every form
of matter, and after all the ages of materialistic
theory and practice it is palpable that materialism
is not delivering the race from its plight. It is
admitted that fifteen or twenty million people
die prematurely every year. Having failed of a
solution and of deliverance through recourse to
matter, humanity has decided that sickness is
natural and inevitable, and has resigned itself to
the tragic sequence.

Christian Science declares that the problem of
disease will be solved, not by materialism, but by
Mind; by recourse to pure supersensible Science,
and it declares that Mind can and will cope with
and eliminate disease. The crusade of Christian
Science against disease is predicated partly on the
discovery that sickness, as a negation, has no legal
or divine right to infest or consume mankind ; that
its conditions are abnormal; and that it has no
inherent or acquired power of continuance. Its
manifestation being on a spurious basis, sickness



6 THE DIVINE NATURE

per se will be expelled as a negation because of
the discovery and utility of the power, law, and
modus that are equal to such expulsion.

The coexistence of infinitely good causation
and power, and infinitely bad causation and power
is impossible. Spirit and matter cannot both be
primarily causative. Such a dualism is scientific-
ally inconceivable. The attempt of materialism
to locate causation in matter has failed to solve
the riddle of the centuries, namely : "What is the
primary cause or essence of disease ?" Christian
Science declares that the primary causes of the
bodily impairment of the race are to be discovered
in the mental realm and that individual and racial
fear in its many forms has been the chief mis-
chief-maker. It claims that disease, as a unit, is
the effect of abnormal causation and that disease
can be eliminated for the simple reason that the
cause thereof can be abolished.

Christ Jesus demonstrated the only right way
in which to heal the sick. The human race, which
has become self -alienated from God and has lost
its normal equipoise, can only be extricated from
its dire peril and disaster by recourse to the
supreme power and law of the universe; the
power of God; the power of the divine Mind,
which alone is equal to the cure of all diseases.
Every other recourse has failed and will fail.

No person can think of anything more impor-
tant than Principle, law, and power. Without



AN ABBREVIATED STATEMENT 7

them there would be no existence; man himself
would be an impossibility. If they could be
abolished, the universe would collapse in chaos;
and yet neither Principle, law, nor power can be
cognized by the senses of a mortal. That
which is equal to the creation and activity of the
universe, including man, is absolutely invisible
and impalpable. All that the faculty called the
intellect of a human being can cognize is the
effect of pow T er and law in concrete form. It is
only as a man strides past the limitations of sheer
materialism that he gains a supersensible grasp
of what Principle, law, and power really are.

The concrete effects of Christian Science
practice are easily described by stating that all
the forms of disorder in the common kinship of
disease, insanity, vice, and sin have been expelled
through this practice; but an adequate statement
of the modus, including all that refers to cause
and effect, and to prevention and cure, obviously
would be too extensive to include in this brief
outline.

There is an indestructible relationship between
the phenomena of the universe and the noumenon
which caused them to exist, and this is essential
between man and the creator of man. Instinc-
tively the human race has sought to penetrate the
so-called mystery of this relationship ; to acquaint
itself with God "and be at peace. ,, This relation-
ship between divine omniscience and man who



8 THE DIVINE NATURE

was created and should be in the likeness of
God was doubtless referred to by Jesus who said
that to know the Father and the son is "life
eternal. " All genuine Science declares for such
relationship between cause and effect.

In this realm of spiritual or mental relation-
ship lie all the phases of activity called revela-
tion, inspiration, spiritual communion and the
scientific discovery of Principle and law. It is
into this realm that men seek to enter by means
of prayer and faith. It is in this realm of fixed,
invisible law and power and the utility and avail-
ability thereof that Christian Science Mind-heal-
ing is operative and manifests its effectiveness
through its supreme power over disease.

The ordinary human conception of faith and
prayer does not accurately indicate the modus
operandi of Christian Science healing. The dif-
ferent mental states called faith may be sublime
with one person and ridiculous with another.
Alike uncertain is that which is designated prayer.
Nothing is more true than that most men pray
amiss. Much that is called prayer is utterly irra-
tional. The curative impulsion in Christian
Science includes all of the best that is termed
faith and prayer, but it includes vastly more.
Instead of being the prayer of petition, it is the
prayer or mental modus of demonstration. It is
both prayer, in the highest sense, and answer also.
Instead of asking God to interpose and to heal



AN ABBREVIATED STATEMENT 9

the sick by way of response to the prayer, the
work in Christian Science is in recognition of
the fact that all by way of divine nature, law,
power, action, privilege, availability, and oppor-
tunity necessary to the healing of the sick has
ever existed wherever the sick may be and needs
only to be realized and appropriated by humanity.
Christian Science declares that in the case of
sickness we may have recourse to the divine with
absolute avail; not by way of mystery or mirac-
ulous defiance of natural law, but by and
through the enforcement of law. Christian
Science Mind-healing rests upon infinite Prin-
ciple. All its postulates can be vindicated by
faultless, logical argument. The rule of practice
is definite, fixed, complete, and scientific. The
process of healing, as applied to what is termed
the human body, is both reconstructive and elim-
inative. It invokes a power which, although in-
visible, was potent enough to create the universe.
It overcomes and dispels diseased conditions be-
cause they are unlawful, unrighteous and unneces-
sary, and it is in compliance with the teaching and
demonstrations of Christ Jesus, who manifested
divine Principle and natural law.



[From The Christian Science Journal.]

HEAVEN'S FIRST LAW.

MAB^I^S. THOMSON. •

POPE'S maxim, "Order is Heaven's first law,"
has become so familiar as to be almost a
platitude, but it is surprising to see how little
its absolute truth is realized in the affairs of in-
dividuals or of nations, and it would be interest-
ing to know if Pope himself recognized how
strictly his statement is in keeping with Biblical
teaching. Can there be anything more calculated
to bring a sense of perfect order to the human
mind than the wonder of a starlit night? As
the eye travels over the panorama of stars and
planets spread out in what seems to be an infinite
array, and we realize that beyond are many other
worlds, other suns, other planets, whose distances
are measured in such numbers that finite sense
reels in the attempt to grasp them, we -can but
be overwhelmed by the calm, the quiet, the
majesty, the unbroken order of that vast multi-
tude "moving in the harmony of Science" (Sci-
ence and Health, p. 514).

The old, old question, asked in every age and
still unanswered by any human hypotheses, must
again recur: What is man's place in this great



HEAVEN'S FIRST LAW n

scheme, or has he no place there? That many
who tortured themselves with such speculations
have found at last the solution to the problem is
due to Mary Baker Eddy, the author of "Science
and Health with Key to the Scriptures," to whom,
if even for that one blessing alone, humanity owes
an immeasurable debt of gratitude.

As, through practical understanding and dem-
onstration of Christian Science, the human con-
cept of the universe is lifted even slightly from
the material toward the spiritual, the thought of
Principle, hitherto supposed by the majority of
people to be a vague idea which concerned students
of science, but with which the "man in the street"
had nothing whatever to do, takes a more prom-
inent place, and the general belief that man is a
creature of chance gradually gives place to the
conviction that man and the universe are alike
governed by divine Principle . Further, if the
Scriptural description of man be true, he is not
only the highest and most complete manifestation
of Principle, or the Father, sustained in the one
unchangeable law and order which governs all
the ideas of infinite Mind, but, as we learn in
Science and Health, he includes "all right ideas"
(p. 475). If this is the ultimate to which our
sense of man and his place in Mind has to attain,
it is obvious that we have a long journey before
us, and that we shall do well to see that we
are at least making a start in the right direction.



12 THE DIVINE NATURE

In an illustration taken from the most scientific
of all the arts — architecture — the prophet Isaiah
gives a very emphatic declaration of the scientific
order which prevails in the kingdom of God. In
the 28th chapter the prophet describes the founda-
tion stone which is to be laid in Zion. In that
spiritual building there will be no haste, nor con-
fusion, nor disorder, because judgment will be
laid "to tne line, and righteousness to the plum-
met. ,,

It is perhaps a surprise to many who have flat-
tered themselves on their sense of system and
method, to find when they begin to travel towards
this kingdom, in the light of Christian Science,
how much diligence, promptness, and perseverance
is required to keep their thoughts in order. Their
first effort has to be that of learning to think
right on every subject, to think in an orderly man-
ner, instead of being swayed by impulse or senti-
ment. This one discovery alone will perhaps show
how far the religious teachers of the past have
been from realizing the necessity of systematic,
accurate, and orderly thinking as a preparation
for the establishment of the kingdom of heaven
within.

Truth demands orderliness, and it often re-
quires many months of alert work upon the part
of the student of Christian Science before he can
eradicate the habits of exaggeration, prevarica-
tion, slipshod thinking, and inaccuracy which have



HEAVEN'S FIRST LAW 13

characterized mortal thought and its expression.
Falstaff's thirty men in buckram with whom he
foughi for an hour by Shrewsbury clock, stand
as a warning at which every one laughs, but which
many do not heed. And yet it would be impos-
sible to enumerate the discords, disasters, and
failures which could be traced to some want of
order in thought or word.

If, then, "order is Heaven's first law," it fol-
lows that those who are endeavoring to aid in the
establishment of the kingdom of heaven on earth,
must manifest in their thoughts and lives the
same orderliness as is manifested in that harmo-
nious and immutable sequence of cause and effect
which even the human concept has grasped in
its sense of numbers, of notes, and in the ordered
"rolling of the spheres."



[From The Christian Science Sentinel]

THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.

ADAM H. DICKEY.

WE read in "Science and Health with Key
to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy,
that Jesus defined everlasting life as "a present
knowledge of his Father and of himself, — the
knowledge of Love, Truth, and Life" (p. 410).
It follows, then, that what man knows of God
constitutes his being : his knowledge of God is his
life; hence the individuality and consciousness of
man consist of his knowledge of his creator.
From this premise we conclude that if his con-
sciousness includes anything which is unlike God,
unlike Love, just to that extent he is not reflect-
ing or expressing the true life.

"Josh Billings" is credited with saying,
"What's the use of knowing a whole lot, if what
you know isn't so ?" No use ! To fill our thought
with that which is untrue is only to burden our-
selves with false beliefs that must eventually be
discarded — cast out. Sooner or later each in-
dividual must eliminate from his consciousness
every thought that is unlike God, for these beliefs
serve only to retard and hinder the development
in his consciousness of the real man, the true

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THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD 15

image and likeness of God. Paul said: "Know
ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants
to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey."
We must stop admitting to ourselves the presence,
power, and reality of so-called material condi-
tions, and keep our minds filled with the truth
about God and man.

This knowledge of God is not an intellectual
accomplishment; we can know God only as we
entertain the right idea of His creation and love
our neighbor as ourselves. Love is the divine
Principle of the universe, and "the government
shall be upon His shoulder." Only as Love is
at work in our consciousness, only as we make
it the dominating influence of our thoughts and
acts, are we Christian Scientists.



[From The Christian Science Journal]

THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.

ERNEST C. MOSES.

And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord,
Israel is my son, even my firstborn. — Exodus, 4 : 22.

IN these days of rapidly-increasing Biblical
research, many students of the sacred writ-
ings are misled in their attempts to ascertain man's
true status in the universe, through a general mis-
understanding of the teachings of Jesus respect-
ing his relation to the Father — to "your Father"
and "our Father," as he often chose to express
his genuinely universal concept of God's relation
to man.

Scholastic interpretations of the Scriptures seem
to darken and obscure the true significance of the
statements found in John's Gospel and First
Epistle, which refer to Christ Jesus as the "only
begotten Son." According to traditional inter-
pretation Jesus is represented as having been the
singular and only son ever begotten of God,
thereby ascribing to Deity the mortal qualities
of discrimination and limitation. Students of
our text-book, who have been enabled to demon-
strate some understanding of divine Principle,
have learned that the use of the word "only" in

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connection with "begotten Son" is intended to
signify that Christ is the "spiritual idea of son-
ship" (Science and Health, p. 331), the perfect
expression of Mind, of eternal infinite Principle ;
that Christ represents the true ideal of man, or
son, begotten by the Father ; that this true son is
"only begotten" in the sense that no other kind
of son was ever created or revealed by God.

In the beautiful "Christmas Sermon" in "Mis-
cellaneous Writings," Mrs. Eddy states that the
understanding of the Christ, the spiritual idea in
Christian Science, will ultimately "reveal man
collectively, as individually, to be the Son of God"
(p. 164). This scientific statement of the truth
which the clear spiritual perception of our revered
Leader has enabled her to advance and maintain,
clearly corroborates the teachings of Jesus, who
knew his own status in Truth, and who also knew
that all the children of God are one in Christ, as
attested by his words: "That they all may be
one; as thou, Father, art in me, ... I in them,
and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in
one." Paul very accurately comprehended the
Master's declarations of the oneness of God's
offspring, when he said that in Christ "there is
neither male nor female : for ye are all one in
Christ Jesus."

The command of Jesus to his students, to call
no man by the name of "father," and his impera-
tive charge that they should be perfect, even as



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their Father in heaven is perfect, were unequivocal
announcements not only of man's deific origin and
relation to God, but also of the perfectibility of
man as the spiritual expression of perfect Mind
or Principle. His unerring spiritual perception
enabled him to declare in positive terms a sonship
for man which thrust aside all theories of material
origin, with their claims of physical generation
and kinship, and to announce the true generic
status of man and woman as the offspring of God,
"belonging to no lesser parent" (Science and
Health, p. 529).

Jesus taught that all who are "born of the
Spirit" are equally the sons and daughters of God,
having equal rights and power, having access to
the Father, equally begotten, as attested by his
imperishable statement of man's divine right to
manifest good, thereby reflecting the same Prin-
ciple which he manifested, — "Verily, verily I say
unto you, He that believeth on me, the works
that I do shall he do also; and greater works
than these shall he do; because I go unto my
Father." The Scriptures are, therefore, authority
for his proclamation of man's power to do the
works which he accomplished by an understand-
ing of the Principle and spiritual idea which he
revealed.

We find no record of any statements made by
Jesus in which he declared that he was the "only
begotten Son" of God. On the contrary, he



THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON 19

taught that the Christ which he manifested to
humanity as "the way, the truth, and the life," was
the type and model for teaching and practice
which would enable all men to demonstrate and
know the truth which destroys the illusions of
mortality. There is no other name given among
men whereby we can be saved from the errors of
material sense.

In the six different narratives found in the three
Gospels of the exaltations of Jesus, — first when
he was baptized by John the Baptist, and after-
ward at his transfiguration, when he led Peter,
James, and John into the higher altitudes of spir-
itual consciousness, — it is clearly shown that the
irradiance of his own spiritualized thought
unveiled to them the truth concerning his relation
with the Father. The Gospel writers afterwards
recorded the realization thus imparted to the
disciples as a divine message, in which all the
narrators agree as to the import of the revelation :
"This is," or "Thou art my beloved Son;" thereby
giving consonant testimony as to the substance of
the messages or revelations. It was not "my only
begotten son," nor "my only son," but "my
beloved Son: hear him;" and "my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased."

Some translators and commentators accredit
the statements contained in John 3 : 16-21, to
Jesus. Others maintain, with more probability,
that these words are a commentary by the evangel-



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ist upon the preceding statements of the Master.
But in either case the two references to "the only
begotten Son" contained in this section, as seen


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