Things to be Thought
From Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy
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16 The need of their teacher’s counsel, felt by students,
especially by those at a distance, working assiduously for
our common Cause,—and their constant petitions for
the same, should be met in the most effectual way.
20 To be responsible for supplying this want, and poise
the wavering balance on the right side, is impracticable
without a full knowledge of the environments. The
educational system of Christian Science lacks the aid
and protection of State laws. The Science is hampered
25 by immature demonstrations, by the infancy of its dis-
covery, by incorrect teaching; and especially by unprin-
cipled claimants, whose mad ambition drives them to
appropriate my ideas and discovery, without credit, ap-
preciation, or a single original conception, while they
1 quote from other authors and give them credit for every
random thought in line with mine.
My noble students, who are loyal to Christ, Truth, and
human obligations, will not be disheartened in the midst
5 of this seething sea of sin. They build for time and eter-
nity. The others stumble over misdeeds, and their own
unsubstantiality, without the groundwork of right, till,
like camera shadows thrown upon the mists of time, they
melt into darkness.
10 Unity is the essential nature of Christian Science. Its
Principle is One, and to demonstrate the divine One,
demands oneness of thought and action.
Many students enter the Normal class of my College
whom I have not fitted for it by the Primary course.
15 They are taught their first lessons by my students; hence
the aptness to assimilate pure and abstract Science is
“As the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.” As mortal
mind is directed, it acts for a season. Some students
20 leave my instructions before they are quite free from
the bias of their first impressions, whether those be cor-
rect or incorrect. Such students are more or less subject
to the future mental influence of their former teacher.
Their knowledge of Mind-healing may be right theo-
25 retically, but the moral and spiritual status of thought
must be right also. The tone of the teacher’s mind must
be pure, grand, true, to aid the mental development of
the student; for the tint of the instructor’s mind must
take its hue from the divine Mind. A single mistake in
30 metaphysics, or in ethics, is more fatal than a mistake in
If a teacher of Christian Science unwittingly or inten-
1 tionally offers his own thought, and gives me as authority
for it; if he diverges from Science and knows it not, or,
knowing it, makes the venture from vanity, in order to
be thought original, or wiser than somebody else,—this
5 divergence widens. He grows dark, and cannot regain,
at will, an upright understanding. This error in the
teacher also predisposes his students to make mistakes
and lose their way. Diverse opinions in Science are
stultifying. All must have one Principle and the same
10 rule; and all who follow the Principle and rule have but
one opinion of it.
Whosoever understands a single rule in Science, and
demonstrates its Principle according to rule, is master
of the situation. Nobody can gainsay this. The ego-
15 tistical theorist or shallow moralist may presume to
make innovations upon simple proof; but his mistake
is visited upon himself and his students, whose minds
are, must be, disturbed by this discord, which extends
along the whole line of reciprocal thought. An error
20 in premise can never bring forth the real fruits of Truth.
After thoroughly explaining spiritual Truth and its ethics
to a student, I am not morally responsible for the mis-
statements or misconduct of this student. My teachings
are uniform. Those who abide by them do well. If
25 others, who receive the same instruction, do ill, the fault
is not in the culture but the soil.
I am constantly called to settle questions and disaf-
fections toward Christian Science growing out of the
departures from Science of self-satisfied, unprincipled
30 students. If impatient of the loving rebuke, the stu-
dent must stop at the foot of the grand ascent, and there
remain until suffering compels the downfall of his self-
1 conceit. Then that student must struggle up, with bleed-
ing footprints, to the God-crowned summit of unselfish
and pure aims and affections.
To be two-sided, when these sides are moral oppo-
5 sites, is neither politic nor scientific; and to abridge a
single human right or privilege is an error. Whoever
does this may represent me as doing it; but he mistakes
me, and the subjective state of his own mind for mine.
The true leader of a true cause is the unacknowledged
10 servant of mankind. Stationary in the background, this
individual is doing the work that nobody else can or will
do. An erratic career is like the comet’s course, dash-
ing through space, headlong and alone. A clear-headed
and honest Christian Scientist will demonstrate the Prin-
15 ciple of Christian Science, and hold justice and mercy as
inseparable from the unity of God.