What are Miracles?

Mary Baker Eddy
Published by Science and Health, 7.14.2020

When you read about Jesus’ healing work in the Bible, it’s tempting to think of it as “miraculous.” How else could a blind man suddenly see or a violent storm be instantly stilled? But what If spiritual healing as Jesus practiced it was completely natural? That’s how Mary Baker Eddy thought of it. Here are some samples of what she writes about miracles in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

MIRACLE. That which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly; a phenomenon of Science. (p. 591:21)

The miracle introduces no disorder, but unfolds the primal order, establishing the Science of God’s unchangeable law. (p. 135:6–8)

Jesus walked on the waves, fed the multitude, healed the sick, and raised the dead in direct opposition to material laws. His acts were the demonstration of Science, overcoming the false claims of material sense or law. (p. 273:24)

Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause. (p. 313:23–26)

In Latin the word rendered disciple signifies student; and the word indicates that the power of healing was not a supernatural gift to those learners, but the result of their cultivated spiritual understanding of the divine Science, which their Master demonstrated by healing the sick and sinning. Hence the universal application of his saying: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me [understand me] through their word.” (p. 271:11)

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy

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