Chapter 14 — Recapitulation

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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
 Soul?
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
 universal.

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.

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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-
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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
 Christ.

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
 required.

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
 will?

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
 man.

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
 Spirit.

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

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
 senses?

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
 nothingness.

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, and
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
 unreal?

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,
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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
 fruits.

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
 yourself.

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
 creed?
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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