“And lead us not into temptation . . . ” – Q&A #18

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.

Question: Why is Mary Baker Eddy called “Leader”?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy is known as the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science
because of her great achievement in bringing to the world the scientific understanding
of God. She wrote and published “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” to explain Christian Science to others. She had hoped that other churches would embrace this
discovery. When they did not, she saw that her own church was necessary to protect and firmly establish this new idea.

The great love and self-sacrifice of Mrs. Eddy in guiding her church’s early steps, was seen by others as pure motherhood, and, so, those close to her called her Mother, although this was not her wish (see My. 302). But Love is also Leader, and Mrs. Eddy was prepared to lead,
which was rare for a woman in her time.  In 1903, Mrs. Eddy requested a change, and it appeared as a Manual By-law, which reads in part:

“it is the duty of Christian Scientists to drop the word mother and to substitute Leader, already
used in our periodicals.” (Man. 64:24)

Mrs. Eddy was Leader, but not a dictator. She expected her followers to do their own
thinking. She once wrote:

“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 129:28-32) 

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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Temptation - #18


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