The Christian Scientist is Not Deceived
From Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter, page 116-118
In the tenth chapter of Luke the Master said, “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” It is quite evident to me, that the state of peace in the students, which disturbed Mrs. Eddy, was a rejoicing because the devils were subject unto them, and not because their names, as insignia of their relationship to God, were written in heaven.
What is this state of having the devils subject unto you? In the world, the man who is capable of living under the domination of mortal mind, or the devil, and, at the same time, steering his life down pleasant and prosperous paths, rejoices. But the Christian Scientist is not deceived into accepting any happiness that results from his ability to handle human affairs, so that they extend to him the pleasant side of mortal existence. His only happiness (and cause of rejoicing) should be because, to some extent, he has his name written in heaven, or is gaining a spiritual consciousness of God as his true Father and Mother.
Mrs. Eddy recognized, that the most deadly action of mortal belief is where man is able to make it subject unto him, as expressed in so-called human good. If a man was put into a den of lions, he would want to get out as soon as he could. He would actively seek a way out. But suppose he found, that he could handle these lions, and make them obedient unto him, so that he could lie down with them, and let them keep him warm. Would he not lose his fear of them, because he found them subject unto him? Would not his interest in seeking his way out of the cage wane? Would not the lions be much more dangerous tame, than they would be wild; for no matter how tame a lion is, he never loses his ferocity, hence, this murderous nature will appear, just when man’s fear of him has almost disappeared?
Mrs. Eddy knew that mortal mind is always mortal mind, animal magnetism, the gentle or safe side. No matter how man is able to make it subject unto him, and appropriate it, so that it gives him a sense of pleasure and satisfaction, because the inner nature of mortal mind never changes, the time always comes, when this inner nature breaks through the crust of false peace, and appears in its true colors, the great red dragon of Revelation.
So, in summing up, we can say that Mrs. Eddy perceived the inwardness of mortal mind as malicious animal magnetism.