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         For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept;
         line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there
         a little.
— IIsaiah.

1      THIS chapter is from the first edition of the author’s
         class-book, copyrighted in 1870. After much labor
3      and increased spiritual understanding, she revised that
         treatise for this volume in 1875. Absolute Christian
         Science pervades its statements, to elucidate scientific
6      metaphysics.

         Questions and Answers

         Question. — What is God?
9      Answer. — God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite
         Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.

         Question. — Are these terms synonymous?
12    Answer. — They are. They refer to one absolute God.
         They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and
         wholeness of Deity. The attributes of God are justice,
15    mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.

         Question. — Is there more than one God or Principle?
         Answer. — There is not. Principle and its idea is one,
18    and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omni-

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1      present Being, and His reflection is man and the universe.
         Omni is adopted from the Latin adjective signifying all.
3      Hence God combines all-power or potency, all-science
         or true knowledge, all-presence. The varied manifesta-
         tions of Christian Science indicate Mind, never matter,
6      and have one Principle.

Real versus unreal

         Question. — What are spirits and souls?
         Answer. — To human belief, they are personalities
9      constituted of mind and matter, life and death, truth and
         error, good and evil; but these contrasting
         pairs of terms represent contraries, as Chris-
12    tian Science reveals, which neither dwell together nor
         assimilate. Truth is immortal; error is mortal. Truth
         is limitless; error is limited. Truth is intelligent; error
15    is non-intelligent. Moreover, Truth is real, and error is
         unreal. This last statement contains the point you will
         most reluctantly admit, although first and last it is the
18    most important to understand.

Mankind redeemed

         The term souls or spirits is as improper as the term
         gods. Soul or Spirit signifies Deity and nothing else.
21    There is no finite soul nor spirit. Soul or
         Spirit means only one Mind, and cannot be
         rendered in the plural. Heathen mythology and Jewish
24    theology have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence,
         soul, and life can be in matter; and idolatry and ritualism
         are the outcome of all man-made beliefs. The Science
27    of Christianity comes with fan in hand to separate the
         chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright,
         and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and
30    its divine Principle, making mankind better physically,
         morally, and spiritually.

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Two chief commands

1      Question. — What are the demands of the Science of
3      Answer. — The first demand of this Science is, ” Thou
         shalt have no other gods before me.” This me is Spirit.
         Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt
6      have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no
         truth, no love, but that which is spiritual. The second
         is like unto it, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
9      It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one
         Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love.
         Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact
12    becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brother-
         hood of man will be established. Having no other gods,
         turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide
15    him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, hav-
         ing that Mind which was also in Christ.

Soul not confined in body

         Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and
18    God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater
         cannot be in the lesser. The belief that the
         greater can be in the lesser is an error that
21    works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul,
         that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not
         confined in man, and is never in matter. We reason im-
24    perfectly from effect to cause, when we conclude that
         matter is the effect of Spirit; but a priori reasoning
         shows material existence to be enigmatical. Spirit gives
27    the true mental idea. We cannot interpret Spirit, Mind,
         through matter. Matter neither sees, hears, nor feels.

Sinlessness of Mind, Soul

         Reasoning from cause to effect in the Science of Mind,
30    we begin with Mind, which must be under-
         stood through the idea which expresses it and
         cannot be learned from its opposite, matter. Thus we

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1      arrive at Truth, or intelligence, which evolves its own
         unerring idea and never can be coordinate with human
3      illusions. If Soul sinned, it would be mortal, for sin is
         mortality’s self, because it kills itself. If Truth is im-
         mortal, error must be mortal, because error is unlike
6      Truth. Because Soul is immortal, Soul cannot sin, for
         sin is not the eternal verity of being.

         Question. — What is the scientific statement of being?
9      Answer. — There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor sub-
         stance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite
         manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal
12    Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and
         eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is
         God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore
15    man is not material; he is spiritual.

Spiritual synonyms

         Question. — What is substance?
         Answer. — Substance is that which is eternal and inca-
18    pable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are
         substance, as the Scriptures use this word in
         Hebrews: “The substance of things hoped
21    for, the evidence of things not seen.” Spirit, the synonym
         of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The
         spiritual universe, including individual man, is a com-
24    pound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.

Eternity of Life

         Question. — What is Life?
         Answer. — Life is divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit.
27    Life is without beginning and without end.
         Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of
         Life, and time is no part of eternity. One ceases in
30    proportion as the other is recognized. Time is finite;

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1      eternity is forever infinite. Life is neither in nor of mat-
         ter. What is termed matter is unknown to Spirit, which
3      includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal. Mat-
         ter is a human concept. Life is divine Mind. Life is not
         limited. Death and finiteness are unknown to Life. If
6      Life ever had a beginning, it would also have an ending.

         Question. — What is intelligence?
         Answer. — Intelligence is omniscience, omnipresence,
9      and omnipotence. It is the primal and eternal quality
         of infinite Mind, of the triune Principle, — Life, Truth,
         and Love, — named God.

True sense of infinitude

12    Question. — What is Mind?
         Answer. — Mind is God. The exterminator of error
         is the great truth that God, good, is the only Mind, and
15    that the supposititious opposite of infinite Mind
         — called devil or evil — is not Mind, is not
         Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality. There
18    can be but one Mind, because there is but one God; and
         if mortals claimed no other Mind and accepted no other,
         sin would be unknown. We can have but one Mind, if
21    that one is infinite. We bury the sense of infinitude,
         when we admit that, although God is infinite, evil has a
         place in this infinity, for evil can have no place, where all
24    space is filled with God.

The sole governor

         We lose the high signification of omnipotence, when
         after admitting that God, or good, is omnipresent and
27    has all-power, we still believe there is another
         power, named evil. This belief that there
         is more than one mind is as pernicious to divine theology
30    as are ancient mythology and pagan idolatry. With

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1      one Father, even God, the whole family of man would
         be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good,
3      the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth,
         and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which
         constitute divine Science. The supposed existence of
6      more than one mind was the basic error of idolatry. This
         error assumed the loss of spiritual power, the loss of the
         spiritual presence of Life as infinite Truth without an
9      unlikeness, and the loss of Love as ever present and

The divine standard of perfection

         Divine Science explains the abstract statement that
12    there is one Mind by the following self-evident propo-
         sition: If God, or good, is real, then evil, the
         unlikeness of God, is unreal. And evil can
15    only seem to be real by giving reality to the
         unreal. The children of God have but one Mind. How
         can good lapse into evil, when God, the Mind of man,
18    never sins? The standard of perfection was originally
         God and man. Has God taken down His own standard,
         and has man fallen?

Indestructible relationship

21    God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle
         of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection,
         man, remains perfect. Man is the expression
24    of God’s being. If there ever was a moment
         when man did not express the divine perfec-
         tion, then there was a moment when man did not express
27    God, and consequently a time when Deity was unex-
         pressed — that is, without entity. If man has lost per-
         fection, then he has lost his perfect Principle, the divine
30    Mind. If man ever existed without this perfect Principle
         or Mind, then man’s existence was a myth.

         The relations of God and man, divine Principle and

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1      idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows
         no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine
3      order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He cre-
         ates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged
         in its eternal history.

Celestial evidence

6      The unlikeness of Truth, — named error, — the op-
         posite of Science, and the evidence before the five cor-
         poreal senses, afford no indication of the grand
9      facts of being; even as these so-called senses
         receive no intimation of the earth’s motions or of the
         science of astronomy, but yield assent to astronomical
12    propositions on the authority of natural science.

         The facts of divine Science should be admitted, –
         although the evidence as to these facts is not supported
15    by evil, by matter, or by material sense, — because the
         evidence that God and man coexist is fully sustained by
         spiritual sense. Man is, and forever has been, God’s re-
18    flection. God is infinite, therefore ever present, and
         there is no other power nor presence. Hence the spirit-
         uality of the universe is the only fact of creation. “Let
21    God be true, but every [material] man a liar.”

The test of experience

         Question. — Are doctrines and creeds a benefit to man?
         Answer. — The author subscribed to an orthodox
24    creed in early youth, and tried to adhere to it until she
         caught the first gleam of that which inter-
         prets God as above mortal sense. This
27    view rebuked human beliefs, and gave the spiritual im-
         port, expressed through Science, of all that proceeds
         from the divine Mind. Since then her highest creed has
30    been divine Science, which, reduced to human apprehen-
         sion, she has named Christian Science. This Science

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1      teaches man that God is the only Life, and that this Life
         is Truth and Love; that God is to be understood, adored,
3      and demonstrated; that divine Truth casts out supposi-
         tional error and heals the sick.

God’s law destroys evil

         The way which leads to Christian Science is straight
6      and narrow. God has set His signet upon Science, mak-
         ing it coordinate with all that is real and only
         with that which is harmonious and eternal.
9      Sickness, sin, and death, being inharmonious, do not
         originate in God nor belong to His government. His
         law, rightly understood, destroys them. Jesus furnished
12    proofs of these statements.

Evanescent materiality

         Question. — What is error?
         Answer. — Error is a supposition that pleasure and
15    pain, that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in mat-
         ter. Error is neither Mind nor one of Mind’s
         faculties. Error is the contradiction of Truth.
18    Error is a belief without understanding. Error is unreal
         because untrue. It is that which seemeth to be and is not.
         If error were true, its truth would be error, and we should
21    have a self-evident absurdity — namely, erroneous truth.
         Thus we should continue to lose the standard of Truth.

Unrealities that seem real

         Question. — Is there no sin?
24    Answer. — All reality is in God and His creation, har-
         monious and eternal. That which He creates is good,
         and He makes all that is made. Therefore
27    the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is
         the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring
         belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not
30    true, because they are not of God. We learn in Christian

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1      Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illu-
         sion, possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming
3      to be real and identical.

Christ the ideal Truth

         The Science of Mind disposes of all evil. Truth, God,
         is not the father of error. Sin, sickness, and death are
6      to be classified as effects of error. Christ
         came to destroy the belief of sin. The God-
         principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is every-
9      where, and nothing apart from Him is present or has
         power. Christ is the ideal Truth, that comes to heal
         sickness and sin through Christian Science, and attributes
12    all power to God. Jesus is the name of the man who,
         more than all other men, has presented Christ, the true
         idea of God, healing the sick and the sinning and destroy-
15    ing the power of death. Jesus is the human man, and
         Christ is the divine idea; hence the duality of Jesus the

Jesus not God

18    In an age of ecclesiastical despotism, Jesus introduced
         the teaching and practice of Christianity, affording the
         proof of Christianity’s truth and love; but to
21    reach his example and to test its unerring Sci-
         ence according to his rule, healing sickness, sin, and
         death, a better understanding of God as divine Prin-
24    ciple, Love, rather than personality or the man Jesus, is

Jesus not understood

         Jesus established what he said by demonstration,
27    thus making his acts of higher importance than his
         words. He proved what he taught. This
         is the Science of Christianity. Jesus proved
30    the Principle, which heals the sick and casts out error,
         to be divine. Few, however, except his students un-
         derstood in the least his teachings and their glorious

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1      proofs, — namely, that Life, Truth, and Love (the Prin-
         ciple of this unacknowledged Science) destroy all error,
3      evil, disease, and death.

Miracles rejected

         The reception accorded to Truth in the early Chris-
         tian era is repeated to-day. Whoever introduces the
6      Science of Christianity will be scoffed at and
         scourged with worse cords than those which
         cut the flesh. To the ignorant age in which it first
9      appears, Science seems to be a mistake, — hence the
         misinterpretation and consequent maltreatment which
         it receives. Christian marvels (and marvel is the sim-
12    ple meaning of the Greek word rendered miracle in the
         New Testament) will be misunderstood and misused
         by many, until the glorious Principle of these marvels is
15    gained.

Divine fulfilment

         If sin, sickness, and death are as real as Life, Truth,
         and Love, then they must all be from the same source;
18    God must be their author. Now Jesus came
         to destroy sin, sickness, and death yet the
         Scriptures aver, “I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
21    Is it possible, then, to believe that the evils which Jesus
         lived to destroy are real or the offspring of the divine

Truth destroys falsity

24    Despite the hallowing influence of Truth in the de-
         struction of error, must error still be immortal? Truth
         spares all that is true. If evil is real, Truth
27    must make it so; but error, not Truth, is
         the author of the unreal, and the unreal vanishes,
         while all that is real is eternal. The apostle says that
30    the mission of Christ is to “destroy the works of the
         devil.” Truth destroys falsity and error, for light and
         darkness cannot dwell together. Light extinguishes the

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1      darkness, and the Scripture declares that there is “no
         night there.” To Truth there is no error, — all is Truth.
3      To infinite Spirit there is no matter, — all is Spirit, divine
         Principle and its idea.

Fleshly factors unreal

         Question. — What is man?
6      Answer. — Man is not matter; he is not made up of
         brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The
         Scriptures inform us that man is made in
9      the image and likeness of God. Matter is
         not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so
         unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and be-
12    cause he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so under-
         stood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of
         Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of
15    God, including all right ideas; the generic term for
         all that reflects God’s image and likeness; the conscious
         identity of being as found in Science, in which man is
18    the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal;
         that which has no separate mind from God; that which
         has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which
21    possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his
         own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.

         And God said: “Let us make man in our image, after
24    our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish
         of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle,
         and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that
27    creepeth upon the earth.”

Man unfallen

         Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The
         real man cannot depart from holiness, nor
30    can God, by whom man is evolved, engender
         the capacity or freedom to sin. A mortal sinner is not

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1      God’s man. Mortals are the counterfeits of immortals.
         They are the children of the wicked one, or the one evil,
3      which declares that man begins in dust or as a material
         embryo. In divine Science, God and the real man are
         inseparable as divine Principle and idea.

Mortals are not immortals

6      Error, urged to its final limits, is self-destroyed.
         Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life
         and intelligence are in matter, and that
9      this matter is man. God is the Principle of
         man, and man is the idea of God. Hence man is not
         mortal nor material. Mortals will disappear, and im-
12    mortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only
         and eternal verities of man. Mortals are not fallen chil-
         dren of God. They never had a perfect state of being,
15    which may subsequently be regained. They were, from
         the beginning of mortal history, “conceived in sin and
         brought forth in iniquity.” Mortality is finally swallowed
18    up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must dis-
         appear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal

Imperishable identity

21    Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the spiritual
         status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood.
         Remember that the Scriptures say of mortal
24    man: “As for man, his days are as grass: as
         a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind
         passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall
27    know it no more.”

The kingdom within

         When speaking of God’s children, not the children of
         men, Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you;”
30    that is, Truth and Love reign in the real
         man, showing that man in God’s image is
         unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the per-

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1      fect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal
         man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour
3      saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man
         healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom
         of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.
6      Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself
         spiritual. Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect
         nor material.

Material body never God’s idea

9      Whatever is material is mortal. To the five corporeal
         senses, man appears to be matter and mind united; but
         Christian Science reveals man as the idea of
12    God, and declares the corporeal senses to be
         mortal and erring illusions. Divine Science
         shows it to be impossible that a material body, though
15    interwoven with matter’s highest stratum, misnamed
         mind, should be man, — the genuine and perfect man,
         the immortal idea of being, indestructible and eternal.
18    Were it otherwise, man would be annihilated.

Reflection of Spirit

         Question. — What are body and Soul?
         Answer. — Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the re-
21    flection in multifarious forms of the living Principle,
         Love. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelli-
         gence of man, which is individualized, but not
24    in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to

Man inseparable from Spirit

         Man is the expression of Soul. The Indians caught
27    some glimpses of the underlying reality, when
         they called a certain beautiful lake “the smile
         of the Great Spirit.” Separated from man,
30    who expresses Soul, Spirit would be a nonentity; man,
         divorced from Spirit, would lose his entity. But there is,

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1      there can be, no such division, for man is coexistent with

A vacant domicile

3      What evidence of Soul or of immortality have you
         within mortality? Even according to the teachings of
         natural science, man has never beheld Spirit
6      or Soul leaving a body or entering it. What
         basis is there for the theory of indwelling spirit, except
         the claim of mortal belief? What would be thought of
9      the declaration that a house was inhabited, and by a cer-
         tain class of persons, when no such persons were ever seen
         to go into the house or to come out of it, nor were they
12    even visible through the windows? Who can see a soul
         in the body?

Harmonious functions

         Question. — Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and
15    is there intelligence in matter?
         Answer. — No, not if God is true and mortal man a
         liar. The assertion that there can be pain or pleasure
18    in matter is erroneous. That body is most
         harmonious in which the discharge of the nat-
         ural functions is least noticeable. How can intelligence
21    dwell in matter when matter is non-intelligent and
         brain-lobes cannot think? Matter cannot perform the
         functions of Mind. Error says, “I am man;” but this
24    belief is mortal and far from actual. From beginning
         to end, whatever is mortal is composed of material hu-
         man beliefs and of nothing else. That only is real which
27    reflects God. St. Paul said, “But when it pleased God,
         who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me
         by His grace, . . . I conferred not with flesh and blood.”

Immortal birthright

30    Mortal man is really a self-contradictory phrase, for
         man is not mortal, “neither indeed can be;” man is im-

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1      mortal. If a child is the offspring of physical sense and
         not of Soul, the child must have a material, not a spirit-
3      ual origin. With what truth, then, could the
         Scriptural rejoicing be uttered by any mother,
         “I have gotten a man from the Lord”? On the con-
6      trary, if aught comes from God, it cannot be mortal and
         material; it must be immortal and spiritual.

Matter’s supposed selfhood

         Matter is neither self-existent nor a product of Spirit.
9      An image of mortal thought, reflected on the retina, is
         all that the eye beholds. Matter cannot see,
         feel, hear, taste, nor smell. It is not self-
12    cognizant, — cannot feel itself, see itself, nor
         understand itself. Take away so-called mortal mind,
         which constitutes matter’s supposed selfhood, and matter
15    can take no cognizance of matter. Does that which we
         call dead ever see, hear, feel, or use any of the physical

Chaos and darkness

18    “In the beginning God created the heaven and the
         earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and
         darkness was upon the face of the deep.”
21    (Genesis i. 1, 2.) In the vast forever, in the
         Science and truth of being, the only facts are Spirit
         and its innumerable creations. Darkness and chaos
24    are the imaginary opposites of light, understanding,
         and eternal harmony, and they are the elements of

Spiritual reflection

27    We admit that black is not a color, because it reflects
         no light. So evil should be denied identity or power,
         because it has none of the divine hues. Paul
30    says: “For the invisible things of Him, from
         the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being under-
         stood by the things that are made.” (Romans i. 20.)

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1      When the substance of Spirit appears in Christian Sci-
         ence, the nothingness of matter is recognized. Where
3      the spirit of God is, and there is no place where God is
         not, evil becomes nothing, — the opposite of the some-
         thing of Spirit. If there is no spiritual reflection, then
6      there remains only the darkness of vacuity and not a trace
         of heavenly tints.

Harmony from Spirit

         Nerves are an element of the belief that there is sensa-
9      tion in matter, whereas matter is devoid of sensation.
         Consciousness, as well as action, is governed
         by Mind, — is in God, the origin and gov-
12    ernor of all that Science reveals. Material sense has
         its realm apart from Science in the unreal. Harmonious
         action proceeds from Spirit, God. inharmony has no
15    Principle; its action is erroneous and presupposes man
         to be in matter. Inharmony would make matter the
         cause as well as the effect of intelligence, or Soul, thus
18    attempting to separate Mind from God.

Evil non-existent

         Man is not God, and God is not man. Again, God,
         or good, never made man capable of sin. It is the oppo-
21    site of good — that is, evil — which seems to
         make men capable of wrong-doing. Hence,
         evil is but an illusion, and it has no real basis. Evil is a
24    false belief. God is not its author. The supposititious
         parent of evil is a lie.

Vapor and nothingness

         The Bible declares: “All things were made by Him
27    [the divine Word]; and without Him was not anything,
         made that was made.” This is the eternal
         verity of divine Science. If sin, sickness,
30    death were understood as nothingness, they would dis-
         appear. As vapor melts before the sun, so evil would
         vanish before the reality of good. One must hide the

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1      other. How important, then, to choose good as the
         reality! Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing
3      else. God’s being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and
         boundless bliss. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is,
         there is liberty.” Like the archpriests of yore, man is
6      free “to enter into the holiest,” — the realm of God.

The fruit forbidden

         Material sense never helps mortals to understand
         Spirit, God. Through spiritual sense only, man com-
9      prehends and loves Deity. The various con-
         tradictions of the Science of Mind by the ma-
         terial senses do not change the unseen Truth, which re-
12    mains forever intact. The forbidden fruit of knowledge,
         against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony of
         error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death,
15    and good and evil to be capable of commingling. This
         is the significance of the Scripture concerning this “tree
         of the knowledge of good and evil,” — this growth of
18    material belief, of which it is said: “In the day that thou
         eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Human hypotheses
         first assume the reality of sickness, sin, and death, and
21    then assume the necessity of these evils because of their
         admitted actuality. These human verdicts are the pro-
         curers of all discord.

Sense and pure Soul

24    If Soul sins, it must be mortal. Sin has the elements
         of self-destruction. It cannot sustain itself. If sin is
         supported, God must uphold it, and this is
27    impossible, since Truth cannot support error.
         Soul is the divine Principle of man and never sins, –
         hence the immortality of Soul. In Science we learn that
30    it is material sense, not Soul, which sins; and it will be
         found that it is the sense of sin which is lost, and not a
         sinful soul. When reading the Scriptures, the substitu-

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1      tion of the word sense for soul gives the exact meaning in
         a majority of cases.

Soul defined

3      Human thought has adulterated the meaning of the
         word soul through the hypothesis that soul is both an evil
         and a good intelligence, resident in matter.
6      The proper use of the word soul can always
         be gained by substituting the word God, where the deific
         meaning is required. In other cases, use the word sense,
9      and you will have the scientific signification. As used
         in Christian Science, Soul is properly the synonym of
         Spirit, or God; but out of Science, soul is identical with
12    sense, with material sensation.

Sonship of Jesus

         Question. — Is it important to understand these ex-
         planations in order to heal the sick?
15    Answer. — It is, since Christ is “the way” and the
         truth casting out all error. Jesus called himself ” the
         Son of man,” but not the son of Joseph. As
18    woman is but a species of the genera, he was
         literally the Son of Man. Jesus was the highest human
         concept of the perfect man. He was inseparable from
21    Christ, the Messiah, — the divine idea of God outside
         the flesh. This enabled Jesus to demonstrate his con-
         trol over matter. Angels announced to the Wisemen of
24    old this dual appearing, and angels whisper it, through
         faith, to the hungering heart in every age.

Sickness erroneous

         Sickness is part of the error which Truth casts out.
27    Error will not expel error. Christian Science is the law
         of Truth, which heals the sick, on the basis
         of the one Mind or God. It can heal in no
30    other way, since the human, mortal mind so-called is not
         a healer, but causes the belief in disease.

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True healing transcendent

1      Then comes the question, how do drugs, hygiene, and
         animal magnetism heal? It may be affirmed that they
3      do not heal, but only relieve suffering tempo-
         rarily, exchanging one disease for another.
         We classify disease as error, which nothing but Truth or
6      Mind can heal, and this Mind must be divine, not human.
         Mind transcends all other power, and will ultimately su-
         persede all other means in healing. In order to heal by
9      Science, you must not be ignorant of the moral and spir-
         itual demands of Science nor disobey them. Moral igno-
         rance or sin affects your demonstration, and hinders its
12    approach to the standard in Christian Science.

Terms adopted by the author

         After the author’s sacred discovery, she affixed the
         name “Science” to Christianity, the name “error” to
15    corporeal sense, and the name “substance” to
         Mind. Science has called the world to battle
         over this issue and its demonstration, which
18    heals the sick, destroys error, and reveals the universal
         harmony. To those natural Christian Scientists, the an-
         cient worthies, and to Christ Jesus, God certainly revealed
21    the spirit of Christian Science, if not the absolute letter.

Science the way

         Because the Science of Mind seems to bring into dis-
         honor the ordinary scientific schools, which wrestle with
24    material observations alone, this Science has
         met with opposition; but if any system honors
         God, it ought to receive aid, not opposition, from all think-
27    ing persons. And Christian Science does honor God as
         no other theory honors Him, and it does this in the way
         of His appointing, by doing many wonderful works
30    through the divine name and nature. One must fulfil
         one’s mission without timidity or dissimulation, for to be
         well done, the work must be done unselfishly. Christianity

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1      will never be based on a divine Principle and so found to
         be unerring, until its absolute Science is reached. When
3      this is accomplished, neither pride, prejudice, bigotry,
         nor envy can wash away its foundation, for it is built upon
         the rock, Christ.

Mindless methods

6      Question. — Does Christian Science, or metaphysical
         healing, include medication, material hygiene, mesmer-
         ism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?
9      Answer. — Not one of them is included in it. In di-
         vine Science, the supposed laws of matter yield to the
         law of Mind. What are termed natural
12    science and material laws are the objective
         states of mortal mind. The physical universe expresses
         the conscious and unconscious thoughts of mortals.
15    Physical force and mortal mind are one. Drugs and
         hygiene oppose the supremacy of the divine Mind.
         Drugs and inert matter are unconscious, mindless. Cer-
18    tain results, supposed to proceed from drugs, are really
         caused by the faith in them which the false human con-
         sciousness is educated to feel.

Animal magnetism error

21    Mesmerism is mortal, material illusion. Animal mag-
         netism is the voluntary or involuntary action of error
         in all its forms; it is the human antipode
24    of divine Science. Science must triumph
         over material sense, and Truth over error, thus putting
         an end to the hypotheses involved in all false theories
27    and practices.

Error only ephemeral

         Question. — Is materiality the concomitant of spirit-
         uality, and is material sense a necessary preliminary to
30    the understanding and expression of Spirit?

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1      Answer. — If error is necessary to define or to reveal
         Truth, the answer is yes; but not otherwise. Material
3      sense
is an absurd phrase, for matter has no
         sensation. Science declares that Mind, not
         matter, sees, hears, feels, speaks. Whatever contradicts
6      this statement is the false sense, which ever betrays
         mortals into sickness, sin, and death. If the unimpor-
         tant and evil appear, only soon to disappear because
9      of their uselessness or their iniquity, then these ephem-
         eral views of error ought to be obliterated by Truth.
         Why malign Christian Science for instructing mortals how
12    to make sin, disease, and death appear more and more

Scientific translations

         Emerge gently from matter into Spirit. Think not
15    to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come
         naturally into Spirit through better health and
         morals and as the result of spiritual growth.
18    Not death, but the understanding of Life, makes man im-
         mortal. The belief that life can be in matter or soul in
         body, and that man springs from dust or from an egg,
21    is the result of the mortal error which Christ, or Truth,
         destroys by fulfilling the spiritual law of being, in which
         man is perfect, even as the “Father which is in heaven
24    is perfect.” If thought yields its dominion to other ‘
         powers, it cannot outline on the body its own beautiful
         images, but it effaces them and delineates foreign agents,
27    called disease and sin.

Material beliefs

         The heathen gods of mythology controlled war and
         agriculture as much as nerves control sensation or
30    muscles measure strength. To say that
         strength is in matter, is like saying that the
         power is in the lever. The notion of any life or intelli-

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1      gence in matter is without foundation in fact, and you
         can have no faith in falsehood when you have learned
3      falsehood’s true nature.

Sense versus Soul

         Suppose one accident happens to the eye, another to
         the ear, and so on, until every corporeal sense is quenched.
6      What is man’s remedy? To die, that he may
         regain these senses? Even then he must gain
         spiritual understanding and spiritual sense in order to
9      possess immortal consciousness. Earth’s preparatory
         school must be improved to the utmost. In reality man
         never dies. The belief that he dies will not establish his
12    scientific harmony. Death is not the result of Truth but
         of error, and one error will not correct another.

Death an error

         Jesus proved by the prints of the nails, that his body
15    was the same immediately after death as before. If death
         restores sight, sound, and strength to man,
         then death is not an enemy but a better friend
18    than Life. Alas for the blindness of belief, which makes
         harmony conditional upon death and matter, and yet
         supposes Mind unable to produce harmony! So long
21    as this error of belief remains, mortals will continue mor-
         tal in belief and subject to chance and change.

Permanent sensibility

         Sight, hearing, all the spiritual senses of man, are
24    eternal. They cannot be lost. Their reality and immor-
         tality are in Spirit and understanding, not in
         matter, — hence their permanence. If this
27    were not so, man would be speedily annihilated. If the
         five corporeal senses were the medium through which
         to understand God, then palsy, blindness, and deafness
30    would place man in a terrible situation, where he would
         be like those “having no hope, and without God in the
         world;” but as a matter of fact, these calamities often

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1      drive mortals to seek and to find a higher sense of happi-
         ness and existence.

Exercise of Mind-faculties

3      Life is deathless. Life is the origin and ultimate of
         man, never attainable through death, but gained by walk-
         ing in the pathway of Truth both before and
6      after that which is called death. There is more
         Christianity in seeing and hearing spiritually
         than materially. There is more Science in the perpetual
9      exercise of the Mind-faculties than in their loss. Lost
         they cannot be, while Mind remains. The apprehension
         of this gave sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf cen-
12    turies ago, and it will repeat the wonder.

Understanding versus belief

         Question. — You speak of belief. Who or what is it
         that believes?
15    Answer. — Spirit is all-knowing; this precludes the
         need of believing. Matter cannot believe, and Mind
         understands. The body cannot believe. The
18    believer and belief are one and are mortal.
         Christian evidence is founded on Science or
         demonstrable Truth, flowing from immortal Mind, and
21    there is in reality no such thing as mortal mind. Mere
         belief is blindness without Principle from which to ex-
         plain the reason of its hope. The belief that life is sen-
24    tient and intelligent matter is erroneous.

         The Apostle James said, “Show me thy faith without
         thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.”
27    The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens
         our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless
         reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.

Confirmation by healing

30    This faith relies upon an understood Principle. This
         Principle makes whole the diseased, and brings out the

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1      enduring and harmonious phases of things. The result
         of our teachings is their sufficient confirmation. When,
3      on the strength of these instructions, you are
         able to banish a severe malady, the cure shows
         that you understand this teaching, and therefore you re-
6      ceive the blessing of Truth.

Belief and firm trust

         The Hebrew and Greek words often translated belief
         differ somewhat in meaning from that conveyed by the
9      English verb believe; they have more the sig-
         nificance of faith, understanding, trust, con-
         stancy, firmness. Hence the Scriptures often appear in
12    our common version to approve and endorse belief, when
         they mean to enforce the necessity of understanding.

All faculties from Mind

         Question. — Do the five corporeal senses constitute
15    man?
         Answer. — Christian Science sustains with immortal
         proof the impossibility of any material sense, and defines
18    these so-called senses as mortal beliefs, the
         testimony of which cannot be true either of
         man or of his Maker. The corporeal senses can take no
21    cognizance of spiritual reality and immortality. Nerves
         have no more sensation, apart from what belief be-
         stows upon them, than the fibres of a plant. Mind alone
24    possesses all faculties, perception, and comprehension.
         Therefore mental endowments are not at the mercy of
         organization and decomposition, — otherwise the very
27    worms could unfashion man. If it were possible for the
         real senses of man to be injured, Soul could reproduce
         them in all their perfection; but they cannot be dis-
30    turbed nor destroyed, since they exist in immortal Mind,
         not in matter.

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Possibilities of Life

1      The less mind there is manifested in matter the better.
         When the unthinking lobster loses its claw, the claw grows
3      again. If the Science of Life were understood,
         it would be found that the senses of Mind are
         never lost and that matter has no sensation. Then the
6      human limb would be replaced as readily as the lobster’s
         claw, — not with an artificial limb, but with the genuine
         one. Any hypothesis which supposes life to be in matter
9      is an educated belief. In infancy this belief is not equal
         to guiding the hand to the mouth; and as consciousness
         develops, this belief goes out, — yields to the reality of
12    everlasting Life.

Decalogue disregarded

         Corporeal sense defrauds and lies; it breaks all the
         commands of the Mosaic Decalogue to meet its own de-
15    mands. How then can this sense be the God-
         given channel to man of divine blessings or
         understanding? How can man, reflecting God, be de-
18    pendent on material means for knowing, hearing, seeing?
         Who dares to say that the senses of man can be at one time
         the medium for sinning against God, at another the me-
21    dium for obeying God? An affirmative reply would con-
         tradict the Scripture, for the same fountain sendeth not
         forth sweet waters and bitter.

Organic construction valueless

24    The corporeal senses are the only source of evil or
         error. Christian Science shows them to be false, be-
         cause matter has no sensation, and no organic
27    construction can give it hearing and sight nor
         make it the medium of Mind. Outside the
         material sense of things, all is harmony. A wrong sense
30    of God, man, and creation is non-sense, want of sense.
         Mortal belief would have the material senses sometimes
         good and sometimes bad. It assures mortals that there

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1      is real pleasure in sin; but the grand truths of Christian
         Science dispute this error.

Will-power an animal propensity

3      Will-power is but a product of belief, and this belief
         commits depredations on harmony. Human will is an
         animal propensity, not a faculty of Soul.
6      Hence it cannot govern man aright. Chris-
         tian Science reveals Truth and Love as the
         motive-powers of man. Will — blind, stubborn, and head-
9      long — cooperates with appetite and passion. From this
         cooperation arises its evil. From this also comes its pow-
         erlessness, since all power belongs to God, good.

Theories helpless

12    The Science of Mind needs to be understood. Until
         it is understood, mortals are more or less deprived of
         Truth. Human theories are helpless to make
15    man harmonious or immortal, since he is so
         already, according to Christian Science. Our only need
         is to know this and reduce to practice the real man’s di-
18    vine Principle, Love

True nature and origin

         “Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings.”
         Human belief — or knowledge gained from the so-called
21    material senses — would, by fair logic, anni-
         hilate man along with the dissolving elements
         of clay. The scientifically Christian explanations of the
24    nature and origin of man destroy all material sense with
         immortal testimony. This immortal testimony ushers
         in the spiritual sense of being, which can be obtained
27    in no other way.

Sleep an illusion

         Sleep and mesmerism explain the mythical nature of
         material sense. Sleep shows material sense as either
30    oblivion, nothingness, or an illusion or dream.
         Under the mesmeric illusion of belief, a man
         will think that he is freezing when he is warm, and that he

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1      is swimming when he is on dry land. Needle-thrusts will
         not hurt him. A delicious perfume will seem intolerable.
3      Animal magnetism thus uncovers material sense, and
         shows it to be a belief without actual foundation or va-
         lidity. Change the belief, and the sensation changes.
6      Destroy the belief, and the sensation disappears.

Man linked with Spirit

         Material man is made up of involuntary and voluntary
         error, of a negative right and a positive wrong, the latter
9      calling itself right. Man’s spiritual individual-
         ity is never wrong. It is the likeness of man’s
         Maker. Matter cannot connect mortals with the true
12    origin and facts of being, in which all must end. It is only
         by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls
         the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and
15    find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man
         forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.

Material man as a dream

         The belief that matter and mind are one, — that mat-
18    ter is awake at one time and asleep at another, some-
         times presenting no appearance of mind, –
         this belief culminates in another belief, that
21    man dies. Science reveals material man as never the real
         being. The dream or belief goes on, whether our eyes are
         closed or open. In sleep, memory and consciousness are
24    lost from the body, and they wander whither they will
         apparently with their own separate embodiment. Per-
         sonality is not the individuality of man. A wicked man
27    may have an attractive personality.

Spiritual existence the one fact

         When we are awake, we dream of the pains and pleas-
         ures of matter. Who will say, even though he
30    does not understand Christian Science, that
         this dream — rather than the dreamer — may
         not be mortal man? Who can rationally say otherwise,

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1      when the dream leaves mortal man intact in body and
         thought, although the so-called dreamer is unconscious?
3      For right reasoning there should be but one fact before
         the thought, namely, spiritual existence. In reality there
         is no other existence, since Life cannot be united to its
6      unlikeness, mortality.

Mind one and all

         Being is holiness, harmony, immortality. It is already
         proved that a knowledge of this, even in small degree,
9      will uplift the physical and moral standard
         of mortals, will increase longevity, will purify
         and elevate character. Thus progress will finally destroy
12    all error, and bring immortality to light. We know that
         a statement proved to be good must be correct. New
         thoughts are constantly obtaining the floor. These two
15    contradictory theories — that matter is something, or
         that all is Mind — will dispute the ground, until one is
         acknowledged to be the victor. Discussing his cam-
18    paign, General Grant said: “I propose to fight it out on
         this line, if it takes all summer.” Science says: All is
         Mind and Mind’s idea. You must fight it out on this
21    line. Matter can afford you no aid.

Scientific ultimatum

         The notion that mind and matter commingle in the
         human illusion as to sin, sickness, and death must even-
24    tually submit to the Science of Mind, which
         denies this notion. God is Mind, and God is
         infinite; hence all is Mind
. On this statement rests the
27    Science of being, and the Principle of this Science is di-
         vine, demonstrating harmony and immortality.

Victory for Truth

         The conservative theory, long believed, is that there
30    are two factors, matter and mind, uniting on some im-
         possible basis. This theory would keep truth and error
         always at war. Victory would perch on neither banner.

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1      On the other hand, Christian Science speedily shows
         Truth to be triumphant. To corporeal sense, the sun
3      appears to rise and set, and the earth to stand
         still; but astronomical science contradicts this,
         and explains the solar system as working on a differ-
6      ent plan. All the evidence of physical sense and all the
         knowledge obtained from physical sense must yield to
         Science, to the immortal truth of all things.

Mental preparation

9      Question, — Will you explain sickness and show how it
         is to be healed?
         Answer. — The method of Christian Science Mind-heal-
12    ing is touched upon in a previous chapter entitled Christian
         Science Practice. A full answer to the above
         question involves teaching, which enables the
15    healer to demonstrate and prove for himself the Principle
         and rule of Christian Science or metaphysical healing.

Mind destroys all ills

         Mind must be found superior to all the beliefs of the
18    five corporeal senses, and able to destroy all ills. Sick-
         ness is a belief, which must be annihilated by
         the divine Mind. Disease is an experience of
21    so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the
         body. Christian Science takes away this physical sense
         of discord, just as it removes any other sense of moral or
24    mental inharmony. That man is material, and that mat-
         ter suffers, — these propositions can only seem real and
         natural in illusion. Any sense of soul in matter is not the
27    reality of being.

         If Jesus awakened Lazarus from the dream, illusion, of
         death, this proved that the Christ could improve on a false
30    sense. Who dares to doubt this consummate test of the
         power and willingness of divine Mind to hold man forever

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1      intact in his perfect state, and to govern man’s entire
         action? Jesus said: “Destroy this temple [body], and
3      in three days I [Mind] will raise it up;” and he did this
         for tired humanity’s reassurance.

Inexhaustible divine Love

         Is it not a species of infidelity to believe that so great
6      a work as the Messiah’s was done for himself or for God,
         who needed no help from Jesus’ example to
         preserve the eternal harmony? But mortals
9      did need this help, and Jesus pointed the way for them.
         Divine Love always has met and always will meet every
         human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demon-
12    strated the divine power to heal only for a select number
         or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and
         in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.

Reason and Science

15    The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love. Jesus
         demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the
         infinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring
18    human sense to flee from its own convictions
         and seek safety in divine Science. Reason, rightly di-
         rected, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but
21    sin, sickness, and death will seem real (even as the ex-
         periences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Sci-
         ence of man’s eternal harmony breaks their illusion with
24    the unbroken reality of scientific being.

         Which of these two theories concerning man are you
         ready to accept? One is the mortal testimony, changing,
27    dying, unreal. The other is the eternal and real evidence,
         bearing Truth’s signet, its lap piled high with immortal

Followers of Jesus

30    Our Master cast out devils (evils) and healed the sick.
         It should be said of his followers also, that they cast fear
         and all evil out of themselves and others and heal the sick.

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1      God will heal the sick through man, whenever man is
         governed by God. Truth casts out error now
3      as surely as it did nineteen centuries ago. All
         of Truth is not understood; hence its healing power is not
         fully demonstrated.

Destruction of all evil

6      If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you cannot
         destroy sickness, and it would be absurd to try. Then
         classify sickness and error as our Master did,
9      when he spoke of the sick, “whom Satan hath
         bound,” and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-
         giving power of Truth acting on human belief, a power
12    which opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and
         sets the captive free physically and morally.

Steadfast and calm trust

         When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling
15    steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His
         likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither
         fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and
18    calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as
         Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or
         belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science,
21    instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of
         being, and this understanding will supplant error with
         Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence dis-
24    cord with harmony.

Rudiments and growth

         Question. — How can I progress most rapidly in the
         understanding of Christian Science?
27    Answer. — Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe
         the spirit. Adhere to the divine Principle of Chris-
         tian Science and follow the behests of God,
30    abiding steadfastly in wisdom, Truth, and
         Love. In the Science of Mind, you will soon ascertain

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1      that error cannot destroy error. You will also learn
         that in Science there is no transfer of evil suggestions
3      from one mortal to another, for there is but one Mind,
         and this ever-present omnipotent Mind is reflected by
         man and governs the entire universe. You will learn
6      that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey
         God, to have one Mind, and to love another as

Condition of progress

9      We all must learn that Life is God. Ask yourself:
         Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good?
         Am I demonstrating the healing power of
12    Truth and Love? If so then the way will
         grow brighter “unto the perfect day.” Your fruits
         will prove what the understanding of God brings to man.
15    Hold perpetually this thought, — that it is the spiritual
         idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to
         demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing,
18    based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, over-
         lying, and encompassing all true being.

Triumph over death

         “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is
21    the law,” — the law of mortal belief, at war with the
         facts of immortal Life, even with the spiritual
         law which says to the grave, “Where is thy
24    victory?” But “when this corruptible shall have put
         on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on im-
         mortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that
27    is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

         Question. — Have Christian Scientists any religious
30    Answer. — They have not, if by that term is meant
         doctrinal beliefs. The following is a brief exposition of

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1      the important points, or religious tenets, of Christian
         Science: –

3      1. As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word
         of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.

         2. We acknowledge and adore one supreme and in-
6      finite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the
         Holy Ghost or divine Comforter; and man in God’s
         image and likeness.

9      3. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the
         destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that
         casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is pun-
12    ished so long as the belief lasts.

         4. We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evi-
         dence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity
15    with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and
         we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ,
         through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the
18    Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming
         sin and death.

         5. We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and
21    his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eter-
         nal Life, even the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the noth-
         ingness of matter.

24    6. And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for
         that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to
         do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and
27    to be merciful, just, and pure.

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