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Star of Boston: The Life of Mary Baker Eddy by Helen M. Wright

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Picture Number 10


Today, as oft, away from sin
Christ summons thee:
Truth pleads tonight: Just take Me in!
No mass for Me!

Scriptural basis:
Behold I stand at the door, and knock,
if any man hear my voice, and open the door,
I will come in to him, and will sup with him,
and he with me. - Christ Jesus

Truth knocks at the portal of humanity the world. Mrs. Eddy wanted to bring the world up to her own revelation of Truth. Mary Baker Eddy is knocking at the door of world thought, world consciousness. She writes, "Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity and asks, 'Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of meekness, as he came of old to the patriarch at noonday?'" (S&H 224:22).

Jesus made a far-reaching utterance when he said, "The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened." He was telling us that this woman Mary Baker Eddy in the Second Coming of the Christ must place in "Science, Theology, Medicine" the "leaven" of the "Comforter" until the whole of mortal thought is changed "as yeast changes the chemical properties of meal." "When placed under a microscope, the working of leaven looks like a veritable battlefield. There is assault and penetration in the face of determined resistance until peace descends after the whole has been conquered" (Abbingdon's Bible Commentary).

The first step in overcoming error is to recognize it as an illusion, and specifically denounce it. The second step is to know what the fact is, and HOLD TO IT. We must see things as THOUGHTS; then we can make the exchange and behold the perfect man. The objects of sense must be exchanged for the ideas of Soul (true identity). A matter body is nothing but hypnotic thought. We are dealing with hypnotism, with illusion, when we deal with matter. But all the while that we are under hypnotic suggestion and seeing matter, the omnipresence of present perfection (Mind's ideal) is just as real and just as near as 2X2=4, or as the round earth was when everyone thought it was flat. The constant desire to know ourselves as we really are is "praying without ceasing" it is silencing the material senses, as "in the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings we deny sin and plead [infinite good's] allness."


The scriptural "basis" of this tenth picture was attributed to St. John in the "Glossary" of Christ and Christmas in all editions up to its ninth edition, in 1910, but was then accredited to "Christ Jesus," as now, in line with St. John's introductory statement of the source of his Revelation as being: "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him . . . and He sent and signified it...unto his servant John" (Rev. l:1). Thus Mrs. Eddy accepted for the ascended Jesus the Revelation of St. John, of which St. John was but the scribe.

The title of this picture is "Truth versus Error." Truth is equated with manhood (S&H 517:8), yet the main figure in this picture is a woman. Elsewhere Mrs. Eddy has spoken of Truth, typed by manhood, rather than Love, typed by Womanhood, knocking "at the portal of humanity." Here, in this tenth picture, she presents Truth as a woman [Woman as Science]. It follows that Truth is the embraced manhood of Woman. In the City foursquare, [your divine consciousness,] Jesus' second appearing as Truth, or manhood, is embraced in Love, Womanhood, thus giving Womanhood, as Love, the foundation of Truth. This completes Mrs. Eddy's definition of spiritual church in the "Glossary" of Science and Health as "the structure of Truth and Love."

"Union of the masculine and feminine qualities constitutes completeness" (S&H 57:4). "The second appearing of Jesus is, unquestionably, the spiritual advent of the advancing idea of God as in [embraced in] Christian Science" (Ret. 70:20, emphasis added).

This tenth picture presents Womanhood [Science] as the Bride of the City foursquare, knocking at the third side of the City foursquare. This third side is Christianity, typed by the heavenly branches. Womanhood is pleading for the acceptance of the City's fourth side, Science, typed by the second Concord Branch, for until Christianity is one with Science it mistakes "doctrines and time-honored systems" for orderly thinking. In other words, it mistakes the form of thought for the spiritual essence of idea. Thus the fourth side of the City, namely Science, is necessary to protect the spirit of Christianity from human destruction by doctrinal forms.

Christian Science is the revelation of Womanhood embracing Christianity as manhood. When Mrs. Eddy first introduced the descending City foursquare in Science and Health (under the chapter entitled "Wayside Hints" in the sixteenth to the fiftieth edition), she defined this City in the following words:

"The Holy City [Bride (Rev. 21:2)], described in the Apocalypse as coming from God out of heaven [infinite good, "the kingdom of God within you" as your true consciousness], is Christian Science" (S&H 225) Womanhood. She presented this City in general characterization as "an assemblage of people for high purposes." "An assemblage" suggests its generic character. Mrs. Eddy describes in minute and extensive particularization all the active functions of a literal earthly city and includes a description of its manhood (form) phases, such as sides, foundations, squareness, and gates, which the Bible presents as "walls," "foundations," "foursquare," "measure," and "gates." This detailing of literal city activities showed the fullness of expression which the word "city" types as the generic character of the Bride. Its descriptive embrace of the Bible (form) phases suggests the Bride's encompassment of Christianity, or manhood.

The walls of the City were its specific limitations in the unfolding phases of the Word. In her first presentation (in the sixteenth edition of Science and Health, page 233) Mrs. Eddy defined the "walls" as "the Bible, Jesus, Christianity, Science." These are the four progressive phases of salvation of which Isaiah prophesied in his pre-vision of the City foursquare, saying, "...thou shalt call thy walls Salvation" (Isa. 60:18). Manhood,redemption is the province of Womanhood as Love, for Mrs. Eddy speaks of "all [as being]...redeemed through divine Love" (S&H 26:8). In the current edition of Science and Health the walls of the City are defined by Mrs. Eddy as "the Word, Christ, Christianity, Science." Thus in the unfolding Word, but one side of the City was viewed at a time until the final enclosure of the Bride as Word was complete.

The Woman knocking on the door, MORTAL MIND, in this tenth picture, is "white-robed purity that will unite in one person masculine wisdom and feminine love..." (S&H 64:23). Thus she types Womanhood as the composite Bride [Science], or the descending City foursquare (meaning the coincidence of the divine with the human). This will turn us away from sin. As the poem states: "Today, as oft, away from sin, Christ summons thee! [Know nothing of it, because your mind is filled with infinite good]. Truth pleads tonight, Just take Me in! No mass [no illusion, no hypnotism] for Me!" (But give Me [infinite good, Science] all thy heart from sin be cleansed, be free!)"

Those in the house, in this tenth picture, present a reversal to treading the "winepress" because their "church" is a personal worship on the outside instead of an impersonal devotion to idea on the inside of their house [consciousness, the kingdom of God within their consciousness, their true Mind] (S&H 578:17). The sword of Spirit must yield to the inherent power of Love, meaning manhood must yield to Womanhood, they must be one. Mrs. Eddy defined "Salvation" as "Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated" (S&H 593:20), that is, as Womanhood. By a long and toilsome upward process for the salvation of others, Mary Baker Eddy thus came up out of the baptismal waters of sacrificial Christianity. This typed manhood, as when she (in 1902) lifted her "man child" (Jesus) up to Womanhood [Science] as his objective Bride.

In reality "man is as perfect now, and henceforth, and forever, as when the stars first sang together, and creation joined in the grand chorus of harmonious being" (Mis. 133:3). "The more I understand true humanhood, the more I see it to be sinless, as ignorant of sin as is the perfect Maker" (Un. 49:8).

This tenth picture is characterized by the Woman [Mary Baker Eddy as she is found in her writing] symbolically calling all to her position, namely the City foursquare, meaning the Bride or descending consciousness [infinite good], the coincidence of the divine with the human, that delivers us from sin. This tenth picture thus types the unfolding Word of Chapter XVI of Science and Health, "The Apocalypse."

The Woman knocking at the door (mortal mind), types her Truth element as the last expression of Church form, and her nameless (and, therefore, unbounded) message types her boundless Love-nature. This picture again points to "heaven here, the struggle over" (My. 158:13).

Woman [Science] must needs be the channel for the fulfillment of the prophesied knock of Jesus upon world consciousness. Thus, the Woman knocking on the door, in this tenth picture, types the City foursquare knocking on the door of world consciousness, repeating Jesus' words, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3:20).

The verses of the poem that accompany this picture urge: "Today, as oft, away from sin, Christ summons thee! Truth pleads to-night: Just take Me in! No mass for Me!"

Inasmuch as Christ and Christmas is intended to illustrate Mrs. Eddy's progressive mission, the question here arises, what relationship does she bear to the Woman, typing Bride, and her Message in this tenth picture? Mrs. Eddy directly answers this by identifying herself with the message of the Woman, hence with the Woman herself, when she said, "Those who look for me in person, or elsewhere than in my writing, lose me instead of find me."

In line with this statement, each and every statement in Christ and Christmas corresponds to a phase of Mrs. Eddy's consciousness, and identifies itself with Mrs. Eddy. Thus when the Word was complete, Mary Baker Eddy became the first Bride, for the "adorned" (completed) Word is the bride" (My. 125:26).

Christ and Christmas presents the orderly process through the progressive revisions of Science and Health by which Christian Science is unfolded first to Mrs. Eddy's consciousness, and then, through her, to the human consciousness. This is why Mrs. Eddy hoped all editions of Science and Health would be preserved and read by Christian Scientists.


After "Christ's silent healing" [is "Heaven heard" (See My. 120:2) as shown in picture eight,] the next step that is revealed is for womanhood to begin to knock at the door of humanity. This is revealed in "Truth versus Error."

This day the final appearing, womanhood, repeats the earnest, insistent call to you, "Get away from sin." "Leave its grasp." In this dark hour, true womanhood pleads to be taken into the hearts of mankind. Womanhood wants no ceremony, no dead words. It wants a practical life, changed by the touch of Love. This will happen if only we take in this divine Truth that is Love. False manhood can no longer hold humanity captive through false Pharisaical beliefs, if we take the divine idea into consciousness.

Womanhood is presenting the scroll of Truth which has been revealed through that wonderful event in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1866. The revelation that she [meaning her teaching] is the Woman referred to in prophecy, giving the impersonal Christ to the world, pleads with mankind to just let this Truth in.

What is it that opposes this truth about the woman? It is malicious animal magnetism [hypnotic suggestion, illusion] in its specific claims depicted in this picture, [with its mortal mind merry-making. It is all the claims of the flesh, pleasure in matter, attractions of mortal mind, ease in matter, sensuality, apathy, etc.]

Gilman, speaking about this picture [and of Love's and Truth's appearing] says, "But one [thing] in particular she appeared to emphasize, which called for the representation of Love and Truth's spiritual idea in the most perfect form of feminine youthful beauty that I could conceive, carrying the message of Christian Science Truth, and knocking at the door of a palatial mansion, to represent the abode of material sense."

This palatial mansion is spoken of in the "Allegory" in Miscellaneous Writings: "Pausing at the threshold of a palatial dwelling, he knocks and waits. The door is shut. He hears the sounds of festivity and mirth; youth, manhood, and age gaily tread the gorgeously tapestried parlors, dancing--halls, and banquet--rooms. But a little while, and the music is dull, the wine is unsipped, the footfalls abate, the laughter ceases. Then from the window of this dwelling a face looks out, anxiously surveying him who waiteth at the door. Within the mortal mansion are adulterers, fornicators, idolaters; drunkenness, witchcraft, variance, envy, emulation, hatred, wrath, murder. Appetites and passions have so dimmed their sight that he alone who looks from that dwelling, through the clearer pane of his own heart tired of sin, can see the Stranger" (Mis. 324:4-18).

It is easy to see that Mrs. Eddy has used this allegory in her illustration "Truth versus Error"; only in this instance it is a woman and not a man.

It is interesting that Gilman and Mrs. Eddy "looked through an old photograph album and looked at pictures in other parts of the house that resembled Mrs. Eddy 'as I used to look,' she said." That eventually Mr. Gilman captured the right idea on canvas goes without saying. He records, "As soon as Mrs. Eddy's eyes rested upon the picture, she was very still for a moment and then she said, 'Laura, look here! look at that picture!' I began to fear that it looked dreadful to her on account of the exposed shoulder and breast, especially when Laura began to say, 'Oh! Why, Mother, Mother,' but adding, 'Isn't that beautiful!' Beautiful reassured me, and Mrs. Eddy echoed her words, and they both were in that joyousness that finds expression in tears, and Mrs. Eddy was saying, 'It is the perfect representation of the idea I had in thought, but could not exactly describe'...After this I went up to her room where she was ready her sitting-room chamber, where she writes and attends to her daily work and sketched her foot for this same picture."

The Revelator of Truth to this age is the spiritual idea. The four square mat on which this spiritual idea stands, has foundation; it is the city four square. The right foot is out and symbolizes dominion over latent error and its claims, the source of all error's visible forms. Notice that the ear is uncovered. She is listening for the call that needs help. There is no star in this picture because there is no symbol of the light needed, for the woman is the light. She is clothed in the third degree; she is the spiritual idea generic man, the Christ. Notice the halo around her head, the light of the Christ understanding, fulfilling "Christ Healing." Christ and Christmas reveals the Woman's progressive mission. There is no dingy drab outer robe, because this is the generic idea, the [everywhere present] absolute Truth the spiritual concept of Woman, or Christ.

The childlike thought at the window perceives this love of Womanhood, but its surroundings will not let it go to Truth. As the child thought grows, it too will lose that childlikeness and become insensitive to the pleas of Womanhood, as their elders are in this picture. The world resists the day of the Woman.

Mrs. Eddy says, "The signs of these times portend a long and strong determination of mankind to cleave to the world, the flesh, and evil, causing great obscuration of Spirit. When we remember that God [infinite good] is just, and admit the total depravity of mortals, alias mortal mind, and that this Adam legacy must first be seen, and then must be subdued and recompensed by justice, the eternal attribute of Truth, the outlook demands labor, and the laborers seem few" (Miscellaneous Writings p. 2).

Materialistic not awake to the call of womanhood as Truth knocks at the portal of humanity. But the place of womanhood has been established; it needs only to be taken in. The claims of malicious animal magnetism [our ingrained false beliefs] would keep this from being done. The results of lust and hatred represented in the house would keep Truth hidden so its own claims of evil might be maintained and extended. Ignorant thinking is clothed in dark materiality. Notice the blank faces. Lust and sensual pleasure do not hear the voice and call of Truth.

The scene inside is lit with artificial light. Notice the wine. Mrs. Eddy denotes "Wine" as: "Error; fornication; temptation; passion" (S&H 598). This is not a pretty picture. Notice too that the seating of man and woman is reversed from the picture "Christian Unity" which depicts true manhood and womanhood. Woman is being manipulated in this picture.

The little girl has her arms around the little boy protecting him. The children naturally understand that womanhood includes manhood within itself. Isn't it funny to see mortal mind spending so much time dressing up and getting ready to deceive itself?

What is the foundation of all this gaiety and frivolity? The black and white tiles symbolize hypocrisy, and indicate the same two-faced ecclesiastic despotism that was in the first picture trying to appear divine (white) but is really depravity (black). It is ecclesiasticism that would keep tired humanity from seeing the truth of womanhood and Mary Baker Eddy's place. Ecclesiasticism is actively at work to hide the woman's great revelation. The room is mortal mind consciousness manipulated by ecclesiasticism. The drapes that are pulled aside are error's ways of influencing the world to evil. It says, "See what fun we are having, come and join us."

Our precious Leader conquered every one of these lies about man. Will you follow?


Child thought sees or perceives Truth.


Truth pleads to-night: Just take Me in!

No mass for Me!

This tenth illustration pictures the realm of mortal mind; the woman [the Christ is] at the door of mortal-mind consciousness. Through the window is seen the mortal-mind gaiety while only the children at the window welcome Christian Science. The light from the star falls on the woman who is to give true light to all the world.

This picture symbolizes Christian Science presented to human consciousness. The dancing, drinking, pleasure-seeking mortal minds are not interested [in what the woman has to give]. Only innocence and purity can see and welcome the Truth: "...away from sin Christ summons thee!...No mass for Me!" The Christ is to be lived now, without celebration for something that is past and gone. "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3:20).

 Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.


Star of Boston book sections

Introduction | Part 1a | Part 1b | Part 2 | Part 3

Christ & Christmas Pictures

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11

Summary | Conclusion



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