Mary Baker Eddy and predestination

I squeeze the following idea into a much longer post, but I thought to just focus on this one ides in this post. Anyone who has read a biography of Mary Baker Eddy mentions that she had theological discussions with her father and early on, rejected the Calvinist principle of predestination before being accepted into the congregationalist church of which he parents were members- a principle that states that everything is already decided by God; it was all decided when He created man. And it was also already predecided who would be allowed to enter heaven. Mary was presumably upset by the idea that all men do not have a choice in their salvation, but that God has already ordained who the elect are and the rest are going to hell. She claims she was 12 at the time, but that was proven untrue. She also claimed she and the preacher discussed her heresy and he accepted her into the church anyway. The church records say she was 17 and we both know she never said any such thing to a Calvinist preacher and then joined the church. Calvinism is about doctrine; you don’t pick and choose what to believe.

She liked to revise her personal history to bring it into line with her current perceptions. There is a poem from back then also. Peel claimed it was written when she was 12, during the same year of her discussion with the preacher. I doubt that too, but whatever age she wrote it, it was a really dumb poem and should have been burnt before it made its appearance in print. When she is “mistaken” about the date she got confirmed, she could also be mistaken about when she wrote that poem. It is far more the dippy, drippy over-embellished words that say she was probably 17 or so.

So, I do not believe Mary ever confronted any preacher about predestination, or it would have reflected badly on Mark Baker, too. Maybe she set the belief aside for most of her adult life, but when she aged, she began to make various claims that God called her as a youth, that she levitated off a bed in some spiritual way as a youth. She is implying, if not directly stating that God had predestined her for this calling, she was now trying to provide evidence that she was meant to do this work. That she was, in fact, predestined to do this work.

I stop at this point and let you take over the reasoning.


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