PREFACE to The Founding of Christian Science
The Life of Mary Baker Eddy (1888-1900)
JESUS called himself the door, and Mrs. Eddy called herself a window. A door is a “passage; means of access.” A window is “an opening in the wall of a building for admission of light.”
Verily, verily I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. . I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and go in and out and find pasture. —John
God has worked through me in this age because He could. The light will come through the window because it will let it, while the wall will not; it would shine through the wall if it could. God is no respecter of persons. Then would you say the wall can let in the light the same as the window? No. Then does one person let in as much light as another? No. Can the one who lets in the light see what is best for the others better than one who does not? Yes. That is the trouble with those outside (the wall); they think they can run things just as well and a little better than I can (the windowpane). How do you know I am a windowpane for the light to shine through? By the works. —Divinity Course and General Collectanea
These two individuals have brought the fatherhood and motherhood of God to our apprehension. They are God’s two witnesses on this planet, the two candlesticks to light the way, the two olive trees.
What are these two olive trees. . . What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowst thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. –Revelation 11
After nearly two thousand years, including a thousand years of Dark Ages, the world has acknowledged Jesus’ presentation of the fatherhood of God. All Christendom today says: “Our Father which art in Heaven.”
Must we have another thousand years of dark ages before Mrs. Eddy’s presentation of God’s motherhood is accepted? Is her lifetime of emptying the golden oil out of herself upon all mankind so little appreciated?
In their work to support the lecturers Mrs. Eddy told her students: “A city that is set upon a hill cannot be hid, and the life of their Leader must be shown as it is. Never did I neglect Jesus in my sermons in the first days of Christian Science; now they must not forget me. The scandalous attacks on the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science will stop if the truth about her be shown to the world.”
These pages are intended to show the life of Mary Baker Eddy as it is, and to show to the world the truth about God’s chosen witness, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.