From Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter
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Mrs. Eddy’s Reflection of Truth
Man possesses a God-given quality, which is to receive the things of God and give them forth to the universe. Through this same transforming ability, man is able to take error, which is only Truth reversed, and reverse it back, and thereby gain the spiritual fact of which the error was the counterfeit. It would be similar to one’s turning a glove right-side-out, that had been handed to one turned inside-out.
Mortal mind has nothing of its own; it creates nothing and hence, possesses nothing. If it claims to send man something, it must be something of God’s that has been reversed into a seeming error. If he quickly reverses it, he will gain a blessing on the basis of Science and Health, page 574, “Note this,—that the very message, or swiftwinged thought, which poured forth hatred and torment, brought also the experience which at last lifted the seer to behold the great city, the four equal sides of which were heaven-bestowed and heaven-bestowing. . . . The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.”
As a sequel to this point, there follows the possibility of a man, whose thought is so in tune with mortal belief, that he abuses this God-given power and takes the things of God, and reverses them into the things of mortality, although, of course, he does this unconsciously. If he is handed a glove right-side-out, he turns it inside-out. If an angel comes to him unawares, he turns it into a wrathful circumstance, or rather, the angel, viewed through his downward earthly sense, appears as a messenger of wrath.
No one, who does not comprehend the metaphysics involved in this point, should undertake to estimate the spiritual footsteps of Mary Baker Eddy. If he does understand it, he will begin to comprehend the honesty of her critics, materialists, who, by nature, reverse Truth into error. Hence, instead of appearing as an angel of light to this age, she was considered by them as a mistaken plagiarist, and one who distorted the simple teachings of the Bible. The sublime Truth she was bringing to humanity, caused the same chemicalization in them, as it did when the Master brought it to the world two thousand years ago. There is no question, that it appeared to them to be veritable evil. Thus, in the Master’s own words, we can say, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
The natural action of Truth is to destroy error, whenever and wherever it is found. So, when it is applied to the human mind of a patient requesting treatment, his thought must be prepared. Furthermore, the direct effects of Truth must be softened, lest the action of a scientific treatment result in an outward expression that would be similar to the effects of evil. When such upheavals occur through Christian Science treatment, they are called chemicalization. Does not this explanation unfold why Mrs. Eddy stirred up so much hatred against herself?
When Jesus treated the epileptic, the Bible states that the boy was as one dead. This condition, understood by Jesus, was turned into health and life. When one is called upon to take a splinter out of the foot of an animal, strong measures are necessary to quiet fear, since the animal believes that it is going to be destroyed.
Similarly, the action of the Truth reflected by Mrs. Eddy, caused evil natures to foam in hatred, and to heap persecution on her head. This condition indicates the necessity for every Christian Scientist to heed such a possibility, and to establish the fact that man desires only good, seeks only good, and to affirm that no action of animal magnetism can make the good, which must accrue to man as the result of having evil purged out of him, seem to be evil.