A special characteristic of Mary Baker Eddy was the universality of her love. To her, love was not a finite, personal thing, to be showered upon some and withheld from others. Our Leader saw Love as the governing Principle of the universe, expressing itself in rhythmic order and unbroken harmony from the tiniest blade of grass to the farthest reaches of the stars. And she demonstrated this Love in her own life. It is out of the amplitude of her love that she writes: "The simplest problem in Christian Science is healing the sick, and the least understanding and demonstration thereof prove all its possibilities. The ability to demonstrate to the extent that Jesus did, will come when the student possesses as much of the divine Spirit as he shared, and utilizes its power to overcome sin." And she adds, "Opposite to good, is the universal claim of evil that seeks the proportions of good." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 55;
How chastening is the thought that the ability to demonstrate as Christ Jesus did will come when we possess "as much of the divine Spirit" as he did, and utilize "its power to overcome sin"!
The sin that must be overcome is the belief that something exists besides God and His idea, that life is in matter and that there is a power which can oppose the supremacy of Spirit. This is the universal claim of evil from which Christian Science is saving the world. Healing the sick is the clarion call; the destruction of sin is the goal. Like our Leader's, our love must be universal. It must rise to heights of heaven, while reaching into the very depths of human woe. Christian Science has come not to bring ease in matter but to destroy material sense. The Master said, "I came not to send peace, but a sword."Matt. 10:34; Yet he also said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."John 10:10;