Christian Science Textbook
From Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy
1 The following selections from “Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures,” pages 568-571, were read
3 from the platform. The impressive stillness of the audi-
ence indicated close attention.
Revelation xii. 10-12. And I heard a loud voice saying in
6 heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the king-
dom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser
of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our
9 God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood
of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they
loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye
12 heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters
of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto
you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath
15 but a short time.
For victory over a single sin, we give thanks and mag-
nify the Lord of Hosts. What shall we say of the mighty
18 conquest over all sin? A louder song, sweeter than has
ever before reached high heaven, now rises clearer and
nearer to the great heart of Christ; for the accuser is not
21 there, and Love sends forth her primal and everlasting
strain. Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for
Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in
24 Christian Science. This rule clearly interprets God as
1 divine Principle, — as Life, represented by the Father;
as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented
3 by the Mother. Every mortal at some period, here or here-
after, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief
in a power opposed to God.
6 The Scripture, “Thou hast been faithful over a few
things, I will make thee ruler over many,” is literally ful-
filled, when we are conscious of the supremacy of Truth,
9 by which the nothingness of error is seen; and we know
that the nothingness of error is in proportion to its wicked-
ness. He that touches the hem of Christ’s robe and masters
12 his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof
of healing, — in a sweet and certain sense that God is
Love. Alas for those who break faith with divine Science
15 and fail to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness!
They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief.
They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift
18 their heads above the drowning wave.
What must the end be? They must eventually expiate
their sin through suffering. The sin, which one has made
21 his bosom companion, comes back to him at last with
accelerated force, for the devil knoweth his time is short.
Here the Scriptures declare that evil is temporal, not
24 eternal. The dragon is at last stung to death by his own
malice; but how many periods of torture it may take to
remove all sin, must depend upon sin’s obduracy.
27 Revelation xii. 13. And when the dragon saw that he was
cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought
forth the man child.
1 The march of mind and of honest investigation will
bring the hour when the people will chain, with fetters of
3 some sort, the growing occultism of this period. The
present apathy as to the tendency of certain active yet un-
seen mental agencies will finally be shocked into another
6 extreme mortal mood, — into human indignation; for
one extreme follows another.
Revelation xii. 15, 16. And the serpent cast out of his
9 mouth water as a flood, after the woman, that he might
cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth
helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and
12 swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his
Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for
15 Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are wait-
ing and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of
cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the conse-
18 quences. What if the old dragon should send forth a new
flood to drown the Christ-idea? He can neither drown
your voice with its roar, nor again sink the world into the
21 deep waters of chaos and old night. In this age the earth
will help the woman; the spiritual idea will be understood.
Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks.
24 The waters will be pacified, and Christ will command the
When God heals the sick or the sinning, they should
27 know the great benefit which Mind has wrought. They
should also know the great delusion of mortal mind, when
it makes them sick or sinful. Many are willing to open
1 the eyes of the people to the power of good resident in
divine Mind, but they are not so willing to point out the
3 evil in human thought, and expose evil’s hidden mental
ways of accomplishing iniquity.
Why this backwardness, since exposure is necessary to
6 ensure the avoidance of the evil? Because people like
you better when you tell them their virtues than when you
tell them their vices. It requires the spirit of our blessed
9 Master to tell a man his faults, and so risk human dis-
pleasure for the sake of doing right and benefiting our
race. Who is telling mankind of the foe in ambush? Is
12 the informer one who sees the foe? If so, listen and be
wise. Escape from evil, and designate those as unfaithful
stewards who have seen the danger and yet have given
15 no warning.
At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil
with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom
18 and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the
panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you. The
cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the
21 one divinity.