What Mary Baker Eddy Writes about the Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, obviously loved the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes. She has written strong statements in support of these teachings, and admonishes her followers to abide by them. And, of course, she has requested in the Church Manual that the Beatitudes be among the “first lessons” taught the Sunday School pupils. Here is what she writes:

If I ever wear out from serving students, it shall be in the effort to help them to obey the Ten Commandments and imbibe the spirit of Christ’s Beatitudes. (Mis. 303)

Lean not too much on your Leader. Trust God to direct your steps. Accept my counsel and teachings only as they include the spirit and the letter of the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the teachings and example of Christ Jesus. (My. 129) 

The thunder of Sinai and the Sermon on the Mount are pursuing and will overtake the ages, rebuking in their course all error and proclaiming the kingdom of heaven on earth. Truth is revealed. It needs only to be practiced. (S&H 174)

Our Master said, “But the Comforter . . . shall teach you all things.” When the Science of Christianity appears, it will lead you into all truth. The Sermon on the Mount is the essence of this Science, and the eternal life, not the death of Jesus, is its outcome. (S&H 271)

The present is ours; the future, big with events. Every man and woman should be to-day a law to himself, herself, — a law of loyalty to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. (Mis. 12)

Christian Science begins with the First Commandment of the Hebrew Decalogue, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” It goes on in perfect unity with Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, and in that age culminates in the Revelation of St. John, who, while on earth and in the flesh, like ourselves, beheld “a new heaven and a new earth,” – the spiritual universe, whereof Christian Science now bears testimony. (Mis. 21) 

In divine Science it is found that matter is a phase of error, and that neither one really exists, since God is Truth, and All-in-all. Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, in its direct application to human needs,
confirms this conclusion. (Mis. 25)

Nothing is more fatal than to indulge a sinning sense or consciousness for even one moment. Knowing this, obey Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, even if you suffer for it in the first instance, — are misjudged and maligned; in the second you will reign with him. (Mis. 93)

Teachers must conform strictly to the rules of divine Science announced in the Bible and their textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” They must themselves practise, and teach others to practise, the Hebrew Decalogue, the Sermon on the Mount, and the understanding and enunciation of these according to Christ. (Mis. 114)

The lecturer, teacher, or healer who is indeed a Christian Scientist, never introduces the subject of human anatomy. . . . Above all, he keeps unbroken the Ten Commandments, and practices Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. (Rud. 11)

True, I have made the Bible, and “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” the pastor for all the churches of the Christian Science denomination, but that does not make it impossible for this pastor of ours to preach! To my sense the Sermon on the Mount, read each Sunday without comment and obeyed through the week, would be enough for Christian practice. The Word of God is a powerful preacher, and it is not too spiritual to be practical, nor too transcendental to be heard and understood. (’01 11)

Genuine Christian Scientists will no more deviate morally from that divine digest of Science called the Sermon on the Mount, than they will manipulate invalids, prescribe drugs, or deny God. (Rud. 3)

The lives of those old-fashioned leaders of religion explain in a few words a good man. They fill the ecclesiastic measure, that to love God and keep His commandments is the whole duty of man. Such
churchmen and the Bible, especially the First Commandment of the Decalogue, and Ninety-first Psalm, the Sermon on the Mount, and St. John’s Revelation, educated my thought many years, yea, all the way up to its preparation for and reception of the Science of Christianity. (’01 32)

The ever-recurring human question and wonder, What is God? can never be answered satisfactorily by human hypotheses or philosophy. Divine metaphysics and St. John have answered this great question forever in these words: “God is Love.” This absolute definition of Deity is the theme for time and for eternity; it is iterated in the law of God, reiterated in the gospel of Christ, voiced in the thunder of Sinai, and breathed in the Sermon on the Mount. Hence our Master’s saying, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” (’02 5)

The parable of “the prodigal son” is rightly called “the pearl of parables,” and our Master’s greatest utterance may well be called “the diamond sermon.” No purer and more exalted teachings ever fell upon human ears than those contained in what is commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount, — though this name has been given it by compilers and translators of the Bible, and not by the Master himself or by the Scripture authors. Indeed, this title really indicates more the Master’s mood, than the material locality.” (Ret. 91)

(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”  Copyright 2002)



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