Is Man A Person?
From No and Yes by Mary Baker Eddy
9 Man is more than physical personality, or what we cog-
nize through the material senses. Mind is more than mat-
ter, even as the infinite idea of Truth is beyond a finite
12 belief. Man outlives finite mortal definitions of himself,
according to a law of “the survival of the fittest. ” Man is
the eternal idea of his divine Principle, or Father. He is
15 neither matter nor a mode of mortal mind, for he is spir-
itual and eternal, an immortal mode of the divine Mind.
Man is the image and likeness of God, coexistent and
18 coeternal with Him.
Man is not absorbed in Deity; for he is forever individ-
ual; but what this everlasting individuality is, remains to
21 be learned. Mortals have not seen it. That which is born
of the flesh is not man’s eternal identity. Spiritual and
immortal man alone is God’s likeness, and that which is
24 mortal is not man in a spiritually scientific sense. A
material, sinful mortal is but the counterfeit of immortal
1 The mind-quacks believe that mortal man is identical
with immortal man, and that the immortal is inside the
3 mortal; that good and evil blend; that matter and Spirit
are one; and that Soul, or Spirit, is subdivided into spirits,
or souls, — alias gods. This infantile talk about Mind-
6 healing is no more identical with Christian Science than
the babe is identical with the adult, or the human belief
resembles the divine idea. Hence it is impossible for those
9 holding such material and mortal views to demonstrate
my metaphysics. Theirs is the sensuous thought, which
brings forth its own sensuous conception. Mine is the
12 spiritual idea which transfigures thought.
All real being represents God, and is in Him. In this
Science of being, man can no more relapse or collapse
15 from perfection, than his divine Principle, or Father, can
fall out of Himself into something below infinitude. Man’s
real ego, or selfhood, is goodness. If man’s individuality
18 were evil, he would be annihilated, for evil is self-destroying.
Man’s individual being must reflect the supreme indi-
vidual Being, to be His image and likeness; and this
21 individuality never originated in molecule, corpuscle, ma-
teriality, or mortality. God holds man in the eternal
bonds of Science, — in the immutable harmony of divine
24 law. Man is a celestial; and in the spiritual universe
he is forever individual and forever harmonious. “If
God so clothe the grass of the field, . . . shall He not
27 much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”
Sin must be obsolete,—dust returning to dust, noth-
1 ingness to nothingness. Sin is not Mind; it is but the sup-
position that there is more than one Mind. It issues
3 a false claim; and the claim, being worthless, is in reality
no claim whatever. Matter is not Mind, to claim aught;
but Mind is God, and evil finds no place in good. When
6 we get near enough to God to see this, the springtide
of Truth in Christian Science will burst upon us in the
similitude of the Apocalyptic pictures. No night will be
9 there, and there will be no more sea. There will be no
need of the sun, for Spirit will be the light of the city, and
matter will be proved a myth. Until centuries pass, and
12 this vision of Truth is fully interpreted by divine Science,
this prophecy will be scoffed at; but it is just as veritable
now as it can be then. Science, divine Science, presents
15 the grand and eternal verities of God and man as the
divine Mind and that Mind’s idea.
Mortal man is the antipode of immortal man, and the
18 two should not be confounded. Bishop Foster said, in a
lecture in Boston, “No man living hath yet seen man.”
This material sinful personality, which we misname man,
21 is what St. Paul terms “the old man and his deeds,” to
be “put off.”
Who can say what the absolute personality of God or
24 man is? Who living hath seen God or a perfect man?
In presence of such thoughts take off thy shoes and
tread lightly, for this is holy ground. Surely the probation
27 of mortals must go on after the change called death, that
they may learn the definition of immortal being; or else
1 their present mistakes would extinguish human existence.
How long this false sense remains after the transition called
3 death, no mortal knoweth; but this is sure, that the mists
of error, sooner or later, will melt in the fervent heat of
suffering, mortality will burst the barriers of sense, and
6 man be found perfect and eternal. Of his intermediate
conditions — the purifying processes and terrible revolu-
tions necessary to effect this end — I am ignorant.
9 Inasmuch as these momentous facts in the Science of
being must be learned some time, now is the most accept-
able time for beginning the lesson. If Science is pointing
12 the way, and is found to bring with it health, holiness, and
immortality, then to-day is none too soon for entering this
path. The proof that Christian Science is the way of sal-
15 vation given by Christ, I consider well established. The
present, as well as the future, reveals the fact that Truth
is never understood too soon.
18 Has Truth, as demonstrated by Jesus, reappeared?
Study Christian Science and practise it, and you will
know that Truth has reappeared. What is demonstrably
21 true cannot be gainsaid; but getting the letter and omitting
the spirit of this Science is neither the comprehension of
its Principle nor the practice of its Life.