Unity of Good | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent


Unity of Good

by Mary Baker Eddy





Caution in the Truth


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1      PERHAPS no doctrine of Christian Science rouses so
         much natural doubt and questioning as this, that
3      God knows no such thing as sin. Indeed, this may be set
         down as one of the "things hard to be understood," such
         as the apostle Peter declared were taught by his fellow-
6      apostle Paul, "which they that are unlearned and unstable
         wrest . . . unto their own destruction." (2 Peter iii. 16.)
         Let us then reason together on this important subject,
9      whose statement in Christian Science may justly be char-
         acterized as wonderful.


         Does God know or behold sin, sickness, and death?


12    The nature and character of God is so little appre-
         hended and demonstrated by mortals, that I counsel my
         students to defer this infinite inquiry, in their discussions
15    of Christian Science. In fact, they had better leave the
         subject untouched, until they draw nearer to the divine
         character, and are practically able to testify, by their lives,
18    that as they come closer to the true understanding of God
         they lose all sense of error.


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1      The Scriptures declare that God is too pure to behold
         iniquity (Habakkuk i. 13); but they also declare that
3      God pitieth them who fear Him; that there is no place
         where His voice is not heard; that He is "a very present
         help in trouble."

6      The sinner has no refuge from sin, except in God, who
         is his salvation. We must, however, realize God's pres-
         ence, power, and love, in order to be saved from sin. This
9      realization takes away man's fondness for sin and his
         pleasure in it; and, lastly, it removes the pain which
         accrues to him from it. Then follows this, as the finale in
12    Science: The sinner loses his sense of sin, and gains a
         higher sense of God, in whom there is no sin.

         The true man, really saved, is ready to testify of God
15    in the infinite penetration of Truth, and can affirm that
         the Mind which is good, or God, has no knowledge of sin.
         In the same manner the sick lose their sense of sickness,
18    and gain that spiritual sense of harmony which contains
         neither discord nor disease.

         According to this same rule, in divine Science, the
21    dying — if they die in the Lord — awake from a sense of
         death to a sense of Life in Christ, with a knowledge of
         Truth and Love beyond what they possessed before; be-
24    cause their lives have grown so far toward the stature of
         manhood in Christ Jesus, that they are ready for a spirit-
         ual transfiguration, through their affections and under-
27    standing.

         Those who reach this transition, called death, without


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1      having rightly improved the lessons of this primary school
         of mortal existence, — and still believe in matter's reality,
3      pleasure, and pain, — are not ready to understand im-
         mortality. Hence they awake only to another sphere of
         experience, and must pass through another probationary
6      state before it can be truly said of them: "Blessed are the
         dead which die in the Lord."

         They upon whom the second death, of which we read
9      in the Apocalypse (Revelation xx. 6), hath no power, are
         those who have obeyed God's commands, and have
         washed their robes white through the sufferings of the
12    flesh and the triumphs of Spirit. Thus they have reached
         the goal in divine Science, by knowing Him in whom they
         have believed. This knowledge is not the forbidden fruit
15    of sin, sickness, and death, but it is the fruit which grows
         on the "tree of life." This is the understanding of God,
         whereby man is found in the image and likeness of
18    good, not of evil; of health, not of sickness; of Life, not
         of death.

         God is All-in-all. Hence He is in Himself only, in His
21    own nature and character, and is perfect being, or con-
         sciousness. He is all the Life and Mind there is or can be.
         Within Himself is every embodiment of Life and Mind.
24    If He is All, He can have no consciousness of anything
         unlike Himself; because, if He is omnipresent, there can
         be nothing outside of Himself.

27    Now this self-same God is our helper. He pities us.
         He has mercy upon us, and guides every event of our


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1      careers. He is near to them who adore Him. To under-
         stand Him, without a single taint of our mortal, finite sense
3      of sin, sickness, or death, is to approach Him and become
         like Him.

         Truth is God, and in God's law. This law declares
6      that Truth is All, and there is no error. This law of Truth
         destroys every phase of error. To gain a temporary con-
         sciousness of God's law is to feel, in a certain finite human
9      sense, that God comes to us and pities us; but the attain-
         ment of the understanding of His presence, through the
         Science of God, destroys our sense of imperfection, or
12    of His absence, through a diviner sense that God is all
         true consciousness; and this convinces us that, as we
         get still nearer Him, we must forever lose our own con-
15    sciousness of error.

         But how could we lose all consciousness of error, if God
         be conscious of it? God has not forbidden man to know
18    Him; on the contrary, the Father bids man have the
         same Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus," — which
         was certainly the divine Mind; but God does forbid man's
21    acquaintance with evil. Why? Because evil is no part
         of the divine knowledge.

         John's Gospel declares (xvii. 3) that "life eternal" con-
24    sists in the knowledge of the only true God, and of Jesus
         Christ, whom He has sent. Surely from such an under-
         standing of Science, such knowing, the vision of sin is
27    wholly excluded.

         Nevertheless, at the present crude hour, no wise men or


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1      women will rudely or prematurely agitate a theme involv-
         ing the All of infinity.

3      Rather will they rejoice in the small understanding
         they have already gained of the wholeness of Deity, and
         work gradually and gently up toward the perfect thought
6      divine. This meekness will increase their apprehension
         of God, because their mental struggles and pride of opin-
         ion will proportionately diminish.

9      Every one should be encouraged not to accept any per-
         sonal opinion on so great a matter, but to seek the divine
         Science of this question of Truth by following upward indi-
12    vidual convictions, undisturbed by the frightened sense of
         any need of attempting to solve every Life-problem in a day.
         "Great is the mystery of godliness," says Paul; and
15    mystery involves the unknown. No stubborn purpose to
         force conclusions on this subject will unfold in us a higher
         sense of Deity; neither will it promote the Cause of Truth
18    or enlighten the individual thought.

         Let us respect the rights of conscience and the liberty
         of the sons of God, so letting our "moderation be known
21    to all men." Let no enmity, no untempered controversy,
         spring up between Christian Science students and Chris-
         tians who wholly or partially differ from them as to the
24    nature of sin and the marvellous unity of man with God
         shadowed forth in scientific thought. Rather let the
         stately goings of this wonderful part of Truth be left to
27    the supernal guidance.

         "These are but parts of Thy ways," says Job; and the


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1      whole is greater than its parts. Our present understanding
         is but "the seed within itself," for it is divine Science,
3      "bearing fruit after its kind."

         Sooner or later the whole human race will learn that, in
         proportion as the spotless selfhood of God is understood,
6      human nature will be renovated, and man will receive a
         higher selfhood, derived from God, and the redemption
         of mortals from sin, sickness, and death be established on
9      everlasting foundations.

         The Science of physical harmony, as now presented to
         the people in divine light, is radical enough to promote
12    as forcible collisions of thought as the age has strength
         to bear. Until the heavenly law of health, according to
         Christian Science, is firmly grounded, even the thinkers
15    are not prepared to answer intelligently leading questions
         about God and sin, and the world is far from ready to
         assimilate such a grand and all-absorbing verity concern-
18    ing the divine nature and character as is embraced in the
         theory of God's blindness to error and ignorance of sin.
         No wise mother, though a graduate of Wellesley College,
21    will talk to her babe about the problems of Euclid.

         Not much more than a half-century ago the assertion
         of universal salvation provoked discussion and horror,
24    similar to what our declarations about sin and Deity must
         arouse, if hastily pushed to the front while the platoons of
         Christian Science are not yet thoroughly drilled in the
27    plainer manual of their spiritual armament. "Wait
         patiently on the Lord;" and in less than another fifty


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1      years His name will be magnified in the apprehension of
         this new subject, as already He is glorified in the wide
3      extension of belief in the impartial grace of God, —
         shown by the changes at Andover Seminary and in multi-
         tudes of other religious folds.

6      Nevertheless, though I thus speak, and from my heart
         of hearts, it is due both to Christian Science and myself
         to make also the following statement: When I have most
9      clearly seen and most sensibly felt that the infinite recog-
         nizes no disease, this has not separated me from God, but
         has so bound me to Him as to enable me instantaneously to
12    heal a cancer which had eaten its way to the jugular vein.

         In the same spiritual condition I have been able to re-
         place dislocated joints and raise the dying to instantaneous
15    health. People are now living who can bear witness to
         these cures. Herein is my evidence, from on high, that
         the views here promulgated on this subject are correct.

18    Certain self-proved propositions pour into my waiting
         thought in connection with these experiences; and here is
         one such conviction: that an acknowledgment of the per-
21    fection of the infinite Unseen confers a power nothing else
         can. An incontestable point in divine Science is, that
         because God is All, a realization of this fact dispels even
23    the sense or consciousness of sin, and brings us nearer to
         God, bringing out the highest phenomena of the All-
         Mind.


Seedtime and Harvest


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1      LET another query now be considered, which gives
         much trouble to many earnest thinkers before Science
3      answers it.


         Is anything real of which the physical senses are cognizant?


         Everything is as real as you make it, and no more so.
6      What you see, hear, feel, is a mode of consciousness, and
         can have no other reality than the sense you entertain
         of it.

9      It is dangerous to rest upon the evidence of the senses,
         for this evidence is not absolute, and therefore not real,
         in our sense of the word. All that is beautiful and good
12    in your individual consciousness is permanent. That
         which is not so is illusive and fading. My insistence upon
         a proper understanding of the unreality of matter and
15    evil arises from their deleterious effects, physical, moral,
         and intellectual, upon the race.

         All forms of error are uprooted in Science, on the same
18    basis whereby sickness is healed, — namely, by the es-
         tablishment, through reason, revelation, and Science, of
         the nothingness of every claim of error, even the doc-
21    trine of heredity and other physical causes. You demon-
         strate the process of Science, and it proves my view


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1      conclusively, that mortal mind is the cause of all disease.
         Destroy the mental sense of the disease, and the disease
3      itself disappears. Destroy the sense of sin, and sin itself
         disappears.

         Material and sensual consciousness are mortal. Hence
6      they must, some time and in some way, be reckoned un-
         real. That time has partially come, or my words would
         not have been spoken. Jesus has made the way plain,
9      — so plain that all are without excuse who walk not in
         it; but this way is not the path of physical science, human
         philosophy, or mystic psychology.

12    The talent and genius of the centuries have wrongly
         reckoned. They have not based upon revelation their
         arguments and conclusions as to the source and resources
15    of being, — its combinations, phenomena, and outcome,
         — but have built instead upon the sand of human reason.
         They have not accepted the simple teaching and life of
18    Jesus as the only true solution of the perplexing problem
         of human existence.

         Sometimes it is said, by those who fail to understand
21    me, that I monopolize; and this is said because ideas
         akin to mine have been held by a few spiritual think-
         ers in all ages. So they have, but in a far different
24    form. Healing has gone on continually; yet healing, as
         I teach it, has not been practised since the days of
         Christ.

27    What is the cardinal point of the difference in my meta-
         physical system? This: that by knowing the unreality of


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1      disease, sin, end death, you demonstrate the allness of God.
         This difference wholly separates my system from all others.
3      The reality of these so-called existences I deny, because
         they are not to be found in God, and this system is built
         on Him as the sole cause. It would be difficult to name
6      any previous teachers, save Jesus and his apostles, who
         have thus taught.

         If there be any monopoly in my teaching, it lies in this
9      utter reliance upon the one God, to whom belong all
         things.

         Life is God, or Spirit, the supersensible eternal. The
12    universe and man are the spiritual phenomena of this one
         infinite Mind. Spiritual phenomena never converge toward
         aught but infinite Deity. Their gradations are spiritual
15    and divine; they cannot collapse, or lapse into their op-
         posites, for God is their divine Principle. They live,
         because He lives; and they are eternally perfect, because
18    He is perfect, and governs them in the Truth of divine
         Science, whereof God is the Alpha and Omega, the centre
         and circumference.

21    To attempt the calculation of His mighty ways, from
         the evidence before the material senses, is fatuous. It is
         like commencing with the minus sign, to learn the prin-
24    ciple of positive mathematics.

         God was not in the whirlwind. He is not the blind
         force of a material universe. Mortals must learn this;
27    unless, pursued by their fears, they would endeavor to
         hide from His presence under their own falsities, and call


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1      in vain for the mountains of unholiness to shield them
         from the penalty of error.

3      Jesus taught us to walk over, not into or with, the cur-
         rents of matter, or mortal mind. His teachings beard
         the lions in their dens. He turned the water into wine,
6      he commanded the winds, he healed the sick, — all in
         direct opposition to human philosophy and so-called
         natural science. He annulled the laws of matter, showing
9      them to be laws of mortal mind, not of God. He showed
         the need of changing this mind and its abortive laws. He
         demanded a change of consciousness and evidence, and
12    effected this change through the higher laws of God.
         The palsied hand moved, despite the boastful sense of
         physical law and order. Jesus stooped not to human
15    consciousness, nor to the evidence of the senses. He
         heeded not the taunt, "That withered hand looks very
         real and feels very real;" but he cut off this vain boast-
18    ing and destroyed human pride by taking away the ma-
         terial evidence. If his patient was a theologian of some
         bigoted sect, a physician, or a professor of natural phi-
21    losophy, — according to the ruder sort then prevalent, —
         he never thanked Jesus for restoring his senseless hand;
         but neither red tape nor indignity hindered the divine
24    process. Jesus required neither cycles of time nor thought
         in order to mature fitness for perfection and its possibili-
         ties. He said that the kingdom of heaven is here, and
27    is included in Mind; that while ye say, There are yet four
         months, and then cometh the harvest, I say, Look up,


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1      not down, for your fields are already white for the harvest;
         and gather the harvest by mental, not material processes.
3      The laborers are few in this vineyard of Mind-sowing and
         reaping; but let them apply to the waiting grain the curv-
         ing sickle of Mind's eternal circle, and bind it with bands
6      of Soul.


The Deep Things of God


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1      SCIENCE reverses the evidence of the senses in the-
         ology, on the same principle that it does in astronomy.
3      Popular theology makes God tributary to man, coming at
         human call; whereas the reverse is true in Science. Men
         must approach God reverently, doing their own work in
6      obedience to divine law, if they would fulfil the intended
         harmony of being.

         The principle of music knows nothing of discord. God
9      is harmony's selfhood. His universal laws, His unchange-
         ableness, are not infringed in ethics any more than in
         music. To Him there is no moral inharmony; as we shall
12    learn, proportionately as we gain the true understanding
         of Deity. If God could be conscious of sin, His infinite
         power would straightway reduce the universe to chaos.

15    If God has any real knowledge of sin, sickness, and
         death, they must be eternal; since He is, in the very
         fibre of His being, "without beginning of years or end of
18    days." If God knows that which is not permanent, it
         follows that He knows something which He must learn
         to unknow, for the benefit of our race.

21    Such a view would bring us upon an outworn theological


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1      platform, which contains such planks as the divine repent-
         ance, and the belief that God must one day do His
3      work over again, because it was not at first done
         aright.

         Can it be seriously held, by any thinker, that long after
6      God made the universe, — earth, man, animals, plants,
         the sun, the moon, and "the stars also," — He should so
         gain wisdom and power from past experience that He
9      could vastly improve upon His own previous work, — as
         Burgess, the boatbuilder, remedies in the Volunteer the
         shortcomings of the Puritan's model?

12    Christians are commanded to grow in grace. Was it
         necessary for God to grow in grace, that He might rectify
         His spiritual universe?

15    The Jehovah of limited Hebrew faith might need
         repentance, because His created children proved sinful;
         but the New Testament tells us of "the Father of lights,
18    with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
         God is not the shifting vane on the spire, but the
         corner-stone of living rock, firmer than everlasting hills.

21    As God is Mind, if this Mind is familiar with evil, all
         cannot be good therein. Our infinite model would be
         taken away. What is in eternal Mind must be reflected
24    in man, Mind's image. How then could man escape, or
         hope to escape, from a knowledge which is everlasting in
         his creator?

27    God never said that man would become better by learn-
         ing to distinguish evil from good, — but the contrary, that


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1      by this knowledge, by man's first disobedience, came
         "death into the world, and all our woe."

3      "Shall mortal man be more just than God?" asks the
         poet-patriarch. May men rid themselves of an incubus
         which God never can throw off? Do mortals know more
6      than God, that they may declare Him absolutely cognizant
         of sin?

         God created all things, and pronounced them good.
9      Was evil among these good things? Man is God's child
         and image. If God knows evil, so must man, or the like-
         ness is incomplete, the image marred.
12    If man must be destroyed by the knowledge of evil,
         then his destruction comes through the very knowledge
         caught from God, and the creature is punished for his
15    likeness to his creator.

         God is commonly called the sinless, and man the sinful;
         but if the thought of sin could be possible in Deity, would
18    Deity then be sinless? Would God not of necessity take
         precedence as the infinite sinner, and human sin become
         only an echo of the divine?

21    Such vagaries are to be found in heathen religious his-
         tory. There are, or have been, devotees who worship not
         the good Deity, who will not harm them, but the bad
24    deity, who seeks to do them mischief, and whom there-
         fore they wish to bribe with prayers into quiescence,
         as a criminal appeases, with a money-bag, the venal
27    officer.

         Surely this is no Christian worship! In Christianity


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1      man bows to the infinite perfection which he is bidden to
         imitate. In Truth, such terms as divine sin and infinite
3      sinner are unheard-of contradictions, — absurdities; but
         would they be sheer nonsense, if God has, or can have,
         a real knowledge of sin?


Ways Higher than Our Ways


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1      A LIE has only one chance of successful deception, —
         to be accounted true. Evil seeks to fasten all error
3      upon God, and so make the lie seem part of eternal Truth.
         Emerson says, "Hitch your wagon to a star." I say,
         Be allied to the deific power, and all that is good will aid
6      your journey, as the stars in their courses fought against
         Sisera. (Judges v. 20.) Hourly, in Christian Science,
         man thus weds himself with God, or rather he ratifies a
9      union predestined from all eternity; but evil ties its wagon-
         load of offal to the divine chariots, — or seeks so to do, —
         that its vileness may be christened purity, and its darkness
12    get consolation from borrowed scintillations.

         Jesus distinctly taught the arrogant Pharisees that, from
         the beginning, their father, the devil, was the would-be
15    murderer of Truth. A right apprehension of the wonder-
         ful utterances of him who "spake as never man spake,"
         would despoil error of its borrowed plumes, and trans-
18    form the universe into a home of marvellous light, — "a
         consummation devoutly to be wished."

         Error says God must know evil because He knows all
21    things; but Holy Writ declares God told our first parents
         that in the day when they should partake of the fruit of
         evil, they must surely die. Would it not absurdly follow


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1      that God must perish, if He knows evil and evil neces-
         sarily leads to extinction? Rather let us think of God as
3      saying, I am infinite good; therefore I know not evil.
         Dwelling in light, I can see only the brightness of My
         own glory.

6      Error may say that God can never save man from sin,
         if He knows and sees it not; but God says, I am too pure
         to behold iniquity, and destroy everything that is unlike
9      Myself.

         Many fancy that our heavenly Father reasons thus:
         If pain and sorrow were not in My mind, I could not
12    remedy them, and wipe the tears from the eyes of My chil-
         dren. Error says you must know grief in order to console
         it. Truth, God, says you oftenest console others in
15    troubles that you have not. Is not our comforter always
         from outside and above ourselves?

         God says, I show My pity through divine law, not
18    through human. It is My sympathy with and My knowl-
         edge of harmony (not inharmony) which alone enable Me
         to rebuke, and eventually destroy, every supposition of
21    discord.

         Error says God must know death in order to strike at
         its root; but God saith, I am ever-conscious Life, and
24    thus I conquer death; for to be ever conscious of Life is
         to be never conscious of death. I am All. A knowledge
         of aught beside Myself is impossible.

27    If such knowledge of evil were possible to God, it would
         lower His rank.


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1      With God, knowledge is necessarily foreknowledge; and
         foreknowledge and foreordination must be one, in an in-
3      finite Being. What Deity foreknows, Deity must fore-
         ordain; else He is not omnipotent, and, like ourselves,
         He foresees events which are contrary to His creative will,
6      yet which He cannot avert.

         If God knows evil at all, He must have had foreknowl-
         edge thereof; and if He foreknew it, He must virtually
9      have intended it, or ordered it aforetime, — foreordained
         it; else how could it have come into the world?

         But this we cannot believe of God; for if the supreme
12    good could predestine or foreknow evil, there would be
         sin in Deity, and this would be the end of infinite moral
         unity. "If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness,
15    how great is that darkness!" On the contrary, evil is
         only a delusive deception, without any actuality which
         Truth can know.


Rectifications


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1      HOW is a mistake to be rectified? By reversal or re-
         vision, — by seeing it in its proper light, and then
3      turning it or turning from it.

         We undo the statements of error by reversing them.
         Through these three statements, or misstatements, evil
6      comes into authority: —

         First: The Lord created it.

         Second: The Lord knows it.

9      Third: I am afraid of it.


         By a reverse process of argument evil must be de-
         throned: —

12    First: God never made evil.

         Second: He knows it not.

         Third: We therefore need not fear it.


15    Try this process, dear inquirer, and so reach that per-
         fect Love which "casteth out fear," and then see if this
         Love does not destroy in you all hate and the sense of evil.
18    You will awake to the perception of God as All-in-all.
         You will find yourself losing the knowledge and the opera-
         tion of sin, proportionably as you realize the divine in-
21    finitude and believe that He can see nothing outside of
         His own focal distance.


A Colloquy


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1      IN Romans (ii. 15) we read the apostle's description of
         mental processes wherein human thoughts are "the
3      mean while accusing or else excusing one another." If we
         observe our mental processes, we shall find that we are
         perpetually arguing with ourselves; yet each mortal is
6      not two personalities, but one.

         In like manner good and evil talk to one another; yet
         they are not two but one, for evil is naught, and good only
9      is reality.


         Evil. God hath said, "Ye shall eat of every tree of the
         garden." If you do not, your intellect will be circum-
12    scribed and the evidence of your personal senses be de-
         nied. This would antagonize individual consciousness
         and existence.


15    Good. The Lord is God. With Him is no conscious-
         ness of evil, because there is nothing beside Him or
         outside of Him. Individual consciousness in man is
18    inseparable from good. There is no sensible matter, no
         sense in matter; but there is a spiritual sense, a sense of
         Spirit, and this is the only consciousness belonging to true
21    individuality, or a divine sense of being.


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1      Evil. Why is this so?


         Good. Because man is made after God's eternal like-
3      ness, and this likeness consists in a sense of harmony and
         immortality, in which no evil can possibly dwell. You
         may eat of the fruit of Godlikeness, but as to the fruit of
6      ungodliness, which is opposed to Truth, — ye shall not
         touch it, lest ye die.


         Evil. But I would taste and know error for myself.


9      Good. Thou shalt not admit that error is something
         to know or be known, to eat or be eaten, to see or be seen,
         to feel or be felt. To admit the existence of error would
12    be to admit the truth of a lie.


         Evil. But there is something besides good. God
         knows that a knowledge of this something is essential to
15    happiness and life. A lie is as genuine as Truth, though
         not so legitimate a child of God. Whatever exists must
         come from God, and be important to our knowledge.
18    Error, even, is His offspring.


         Good. Whatever cometh not from the eternal Spirit,
         has its origin in the physical senses and material brains,
21    called human intellect and will-power, — alias intelligent
         matter.

         In Shakespeare's tragedy of King Lear, it was the


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1      traitorous and cruel treatment received by old Gloster
         from his bastard son Edmund which makes true the lines:


3      The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
         Make instruments to scourge us.


         His lawful son, Edgar, was to his father ever loyal. Now
6      God has no bastards to turn again and rend their Maker.
         The divine children are born of law and order, and Truth
         knows only such.

9      How well the Shakespearean tale agrees with the word
         of Scripture, in Hebrews xii. 7, 8: "If ye endure chasten-
         ing, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is
12    he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be with-
         out chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye
         bastards, and not sons."

15    The doubtful or spurious evidence of the senses is not
         to be admitted, — especially when they testify concern-
         ing Spirit, whereof they are confessedly incompetent to
18    speak.


         Evil. But mortal mind and sin really exist!


         Good. How can they exist, unless God has created
21    them? And how can He create anything so wholly unlike
         Himself and foreign to His nature? An evil material mind,
         so-called, can conceive of God only as like itself, and
24    knowing both evil and good; but a purely good and
         spiritual consciousness has no sense whereby to cognize


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1      evil. Mortal mind is the opposite of immortal Mind, and
         sin the opposite of goodness. I am the infinite All. From
3      me proceedeth all Mind, all consciousness, all individu-
         ality, all being. My Mind is divine good, and cannot
         drift into evil. To believe in minds many is to depart
6      from the supreme sense of harmony. Your assumptions
         insist that there is more than the one Mind, more than the
         one God; but verily I say unto you, God is All-in-all;
9      and you can never be outside of His oneness.


         Evil. I am a finite consciousness, a material individu-
         ality, — a mind in matter, which is both evil and good.


12    Good. All consciousness is Mind; and Mind is God, —
         an infinite, and not a finite consciousness. This conscious-
         ness is reflected in individual consciousness, or man, whose
15    source is infinite Mind. There is no really finite mind, no
         finite consciousness. There is no material substance, for
         Spirit is all that endureth, and hence is the only substance.
18    There is, can be, no evil mind, because Mind is God.
         God and His ideas — that is, God and the universe —
         constitute all that exists. Man, as God's offspring, must
21    be spiritual, perfect, eternal.


         Evil. I am something separate from good or God. I
         am substance. My mind is more than matter. In my
24    mortal mind, matter becomes conscious, and is able to see,
         taste, hear, feel, smell. Whatever matter thus affirms is


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1      mainly correct. If you, O good, deny this, then I deny
         your truthfulness. If you say that matter is unconscious,
3      you stultify my intellect, insult my conscience, and dispute
         self-evident facts; for nothing can be clearer than the
         testimony of the five senses.


6      Good. Spirit is the only substance. Spirit is God, and
         God is good; hence good is the only substance, the only
         Mind. Mind is not, cannot be, in matter. It sees, hears,
9      feels, tastes, smells as Mind, and not as matter. Matter
         cannot talk; and hence, whatever it appears to say of
         itself is a lie. This lie, that Mind can be in matter, —
12    claiming to be something beside God, denying Truth and
         its demonstration in Christian Science, — this lie I declare
         an illusion. This denial enlarges the human intellect by
15    removing its evidence from sense to Soul, and from finite-
         ness into infinity. It honors conscious human individu-
         ality by showing God as its source.


18    Evil. I am a creator, — but upon a material, not a
         spiritual basis. I give life, and I can destroy life.


         Good. Evil is not a creator. God, good, is the only
21    creator. Evil is not conscious or conscientious Mind; it
         is not individual, not actual. Evil is not spiritual, and
         therefore has no groundwork in Life, whose only source
24    is Spirit. The elements which belong to the eternal All, —
         Life, Truth, Love, — evil can never take away.


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1      Evil. I am intelligent matter; and matter is egoistic,
         having its own innate selfhood and the capacity to evolve
3      mind. God is in matter, and matter reproduces God.
         From Him come my forms, near or remote. This is my
         honor, that God is my author, authority, governor, dis-
6      poser. I am proud to be in His outstretched hands, and
         I shirk all responsibility for myself as evil, and for my
         varying manifestations.


9      Good. You mistake, O evil! God is not your authority
         and law. Neither is He the author of the material changes,
         the phantasma, a belief in which leads to such teaching
12    as we find in the hymn-verse so often sung in church: —


         Chance and change are busy ever,
         Man decays and ages move;
15    But His mercy waneth never, —
         God is wisdom, God is love.


         Now if it be true that God's power never waneth, how
18    can it be also true that chance and change are universal
         factors, — that man decays? Many ordinary Christians
         protest against this stanza of Bowring's, and its sentiment
21    is foreign to Christian Science. If God be changeless good-
         ness, as sings another line of this hymn, what place has
         chance in the divine economy? Nay, there is in God
24    naught fantastic. All is real, all is serious. The phan-
         tasmagoria is a product of human dreams.


The Ego


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1      FROM various friends comes inquiry as to the meaning
         of a word employed in the foregoing colloquy.

3      There are two English words, often used as if they were
         synonyms, which really have a shade of difference between
         them.

6      An egotist is one who talks much of himself. Egotism
         implies vanity and self-conceit.

         Egoism is a more philosophical word, signifying a
9      passionate love of self, which doubts all existence except
         its own. An egoist, therefore, is one uncertain of every-
         thing except his own existence.

12    Applying these distinctions to evil and God, we shall
         find that evil is egotistic, — boastful, but fleeing like a
         shadow at daybreak; while God is egoistic, knowing only
15    His own all-presence, all-knowledge, all-power.


Soul


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1      WE read in the Hebrew Scriptures, "The soul that
         sinneth, it shall die."

3      What is Soul? Is it a reality within the mortal body?
         Who can prove that? Anatomy has not descried nor
         described Soul. It was never touched by the scalpel nor
6      cut with the dissecting-knife. The five physical senses do
         not cognize it.

         Who, then, dares define Soul as something within man ?
9      As well might you declare some old castle to be peopled
         with demons or angels, though never a light or form was
         discerned therein, and not a spectre had ever been seen
12    going in or coming out.

         The common hypotheses about souls are even more
         vague than ordinary material conjectures, and have less
15    basis; because material theories are built on the evidence
         of the material senses.

         Soul must be God; since we learn Soul only as we learn
18    God, by spiritualization. As the five senses take no cog-
         nizance of Soul, so they take no cognizance of God. What-
         ever cannot be taken in by mortal mind — by human
21    reflection, reason, or belief — must be the unfathomable
         Mind, which "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard." Soul


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1      stands in this relation to every hypothesis as to its human
         character.

3      If Soul sins, it is a sinner, and Jewish law condemned
         the sinner to death, — as does all criminal law, to a cer-
         tain extent.

6      Spirit never sins, because Spirit is God. Hence, as
         Spirit, Soul is sinless, and is God. Therefore there is,
         there can be, no spiritual death.

9      Transcending the evidence of the material senses,
         Science declares God to be the Soul of all being, the only
         Mind and intelligence in the universe. There is but one
12    God, one Soul, or Mind, and that one is infinite, supplying
         all that is absolutely immutable and eternal, — Truth,
         Life, Love.

15    Science reveals Soul as that which the senses cannot
         define from any standpoint of their own. What the physi-
         cal senses miscall soul, Christian Science defines as mate-
18    rial sense; and herein lies the discrepancy between the
         true Science of Soul and that material sense of a soul which
         that very sense declares can never be seen or measured or
21    weighed or touched by physicality.

         Often we can elucidate the deep meaning of the Scrip-
         tures by reading sense instead of soul, as in the Forty-
24    second Psalm: "Why art thou cast down, O my soul
         [sense] ? . . . Hope thou in God [Soul]: for I shall yet
         praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and
27    my God [my Soul, immortality]."

         The Virgin-mother's sense being uplifted to behold


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1      Spirit as the sole origin of man, she exclaimed, "My soul
         [spiritual sense] doth magnify the Lord."

3      Human language constantly uses the word soul for
         sense. This it does under the delusion that the senses can
         reverse the spiritual facts of Science, whereas Science re-
6      verses the testimony of the material senses.

         Soul is Life, and being spiritual Life, never sins. Mate-
         rial sense is the so-called material life. Hence this lower
9      sense sins and suffers, according to material belief, till
         divine understanding takes away this belief and restores
         Soul, or spiritual Life. "He restoreth my soul," says
12    David.

         In his first epistle to the Corinthians (xv. 45) Paul writes:
         "The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last
15    Adam was made a quickening spirit." The apostle re-
         fers to the second Adam as the Messiah, our blessed
         Master, whose interpretation of God and His creation —
18    by restoring the spiritual sense of man as immortal instead
         of mortal — made humanity victorious over death and the
         grave.

21    When I discovered the power of Spirit to break the
         cords of matter, through a change in the mortal sense of
         things, then I discerned the last Adam as a quickening
24    Spirit, and understood the meaning of the declaration of
         Holy Writ, "The first shall be last," — the living Soul
         shall be found a quickening Spirit; or, rather, shall reflect
27    the Life of the divine Arbiter.


There is no Matter


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1      "GOD is a Spirit" (or, more accurately translated,
         "God is Spirit"), declares the Scripture (John iv.
3      24), "and they that worship Him must worship Him in
         spirit and in truth."

         If God is Spirit, and God is All, surely there can be no
6      matter; for the divine All must be Spirit.

         The tendency of Christianity is to spiritualize thought
         and action. The demonstrations of Jesus annulled the
9      claims of matter, and overruled laws material as emphati-
         cally as they annihilated sin.

         According to Christian Science, the first idolatrous claim
12    of sin is, that matter exists; the second, that matter is
         substance; the third, that matter has intelligence; and
         the fourth, that matter, being so endowed, produces life
15    and death.

         Hence my conscientious position, in the denial of matter,
         rests on the fact that matter usurps the authority of God,
18    Spirit; and the nature and character of matter, the anti-
         pode of Spirit, include all that denies and defies Spirit, in
         quantity or quality.

21    This subject can be enlarged. It can be shown, in
         detail, that evil does not obtain in Spirit, God; and that
         God, or good, is Spirit alone; whereas, evil does, accord-


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1      ing to belief, obtain in matter; and that evil is a false
         claim, — false to God, false to Truth and Life. Hence
3      the claim of matter usurps the prerogative of God, saying,
         "I am a creator. God made me, and I make man and
         the material universe."

6      Spirit is the only creator, and man, including the uni-
         verse, is His spiritual concept. By matter is commonly
         meant mind, — not the highest Mind, but a false form of
9      mind. This so-called mind and matter cannot be sep-
         arated in origin and action.

         What is this mind? It is not the Mind of Spirit; for
12    spiritualization of thought destroys all sense of matter as
         substance, Life, or intelligence, and enthrones God in
         the eternal qualities of His being.

15    This lower, misnamed mind is a false claim, a sup-
         positional mind, which I prefer to call mortal mind. True
         Mind is immortal. This mortal mind declares itself ma-
18    terial, in sin, sickness, and death, virtually saying, "I am
         the opposite of Spirit, of holiness, harmony, and Life."

         To this declaration Christian Science responds, even
21    as did our Master: "You were a murderer from the begin-
         ning. The truth abode not in you. You are a liar, and
         the father of it." Here it appears that a liar was in the
24    neuter gender, — neither masculine nor feminine. Hence
         it was not man (the image of God) who lied, but the false
         claim to personality, which I call mortal mind; a claim
27    which Christian Science uncovers, in order to demonstrate
         the falsity of the claim.


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1      There are lesser arguments which prove matter to be
         identical with mortal mind, and this mind a lie.

3      The physical senses (matter really having no sense)
         give the only pretended testimony there can be as to the
         existence of a substance called matter. Now these senses,
6      being material, can only testify from their own evidence,
         and concerning themselves; yet we have it on divine
         authority: "If I bear witness of myself, my witness is
9      not true." (John v. 31.)

         In other words: matter testifies of itself, "I am matter;"
         but unless matter is mind, it cannot talk or testify; and
12    if it is mind, it is certainly not the Mind of Christ, not
         the Mind that is identical with Truth.

         Brain, thus assuming to testify, is only matter within
15    the skull, and is believed to be mind only through error
         and delusion. Examine that form of matter called brains,
         and you find no mind therein. Hence the logical sequence,
18    that there is in reality neither matter nor mortal mind,
         but that the self-testimony of the physical senses is
         false.

21    Examine these witnesses for error, or falsity, and
         observe the foundations of their testimony, and you will
         find them divided in evidence, mocking the Scripture
24    (Matthew xviii. 16), "In the mouth of two or three wit-
         nesses every word may be established."

         Sight. Mortal mind declares that matter sees through
27    the organizations of matter, or that mind sees by means


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1      of matter. Disorganize the so-called material structure,
         and then mortal mind says, "I cannot see;" and declares
3      that matter is the master of mind, and that non-intelligence
         governs. Mortal mind admits that it sees only material
         images, pictured on the eye's retina.

6      What then is the line of the syllogism? It must be this:
         That matter is not seen; that mortal mind cannot see
         without matter; and therefore that the whole function
9      of material sight is an illusion, a lie.

         Here comes in the summary of the whole matter, where-
         with we started: that God is All, and God is Spirit; there-
12    fore there is nothing but Spirit; and consequently there
         is no matter.


         Touch. Take another train of reasoning. Mortal mind
15    says that matter cannot feel matter; yet put your finger
         on a burning coal, and the nerves, material nerves, do
         feel matter.

18    Again I ask: What evidence does mortal mind afford
         that matter is substantial, is hot or cold? Take away
         mortal mind, and matter could not feel what it calls sub-
21    stance. Take away matter, and mortal mind could not
         cognize its own so-called substance, and this so-called
         mind would have no identity. Nothing would remain to
24    be seen or felt.

         What is substance? What is the reality of God and the
         universe? Immortal Mind is the real substance, — Spirit,
27    Life, Truth, and Love.


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1      Taste. Mortal mind says, "I taste; and this is sweet,
         this is sour." Let mortal mind change, and say that sour
3      is sweet, and so it would be. If every mortal mind believed
         sweet to be sour, it would be so; for the qualities of matter
         are but qualities of mortal mind. Change the mind, and
6      the quality changes. Destroy the belief, and the quality
         disappears.

         The so-called material senses are found, upon examina-
9      tion, to be mortally mental, instead of material. Reduced
         to its proper denomination, matter is mortal mind; yet,
         strictly speaking, there is no mortal mind, for Mind is
12    immortal, and is not matter, but Spirit.


         Force. What is gravitation? Mortal mind says gravi-
         tation is a material power, or force. I ask, Which was
15    first, matter or power? That which was first was God,
         immortal Mind, the Parent of all. But God is Truth,
         and the forces of Truth are moral and spiritual, not physi-
18    cal. They are not the merciless forces of matter. What
         then are the so-called forces of matter? They are the
         phenomena of mortal mind, and matter and mortal
21    mind are one; and this one is a misstatement of Mind,
         God.

         A molecule, as matter, is not formed by Spirit; for
24    Spirit is spiritual consciousness alone. Hence this spiritual
         consciousness can form nothing unlike itself, Spirit, and
         Spirit is the only creator. The material atom is an out-
27    lined falsity of consciousness, which can gather additional


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1      evidence of consciousness and life only as it adds lie to lie.
         This process it names material attraction, and endows
3      with the double capacity of creator and creation.

         From the beginning this lie was the false witness against
         the fact that Spirit is All, beside which there is no other
6      existence. The use of a lie is that it unwittingly confirms
         Truth, when handled by Christian Science, which reverses
         false testimony and gains a knowledge of God from op-
9      posite facts, or phenomena.

         This whole subject is met and solved by Christian
         Science according to Scripture. Thus we see that Spirit
12    is Truth and eternal reality; that matter is the opposite
         of Spirit, — referred to in the New Testament as the flesh
         at war with Spirit; hence, that matter is erroneous, tran-
15    sitory, unreal.

         A further proof of this is the demonstration, according
         to Christian Science, that by the reduction and the rejec-
18    tion of the claims of matter (instead of acquiescence
         therein) man is improved physically, mentally, morally,
         spiritually.

21    To deny the existence or reality of matter, and yet
         admit the reality of moral evil, sin, or to say that the
         divine Mind is conscious of evil, yet is not conscious of
24    matter, is erroneous. This error stultifies the logic of
         divine Science, and must interfere with its practical
         demonstration.


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1      JESUS not only declared himself " the way" and "the
         truth," but also "the life." God is Life; and as
3      there is but one God, there can be but one Life. Must
         man die, then, in order to inherit eternal life and enter
         heaven?

6      Our Master said, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand."
         Then God and heaven, or Life, are present, and death is
         not the real stepping-stone to Life and happiness. They
9      are now and here; and a change in human consciousness,
         from sin to holiness, would reveal this wonder of being.
         Because God is ever present, no boundary of time can
12    separate us from Him and the heaven of His presence;
         and because God is Life, all Life is eternal.

         Is it unchristian to believe there is no death? Not
15    unless it be a sin to believe that God is Life and All-in-all.
         Evil and disease do not testify of Life and God.

         Human beings are physically mortal, but spiritually
18    immortal. The evil accompanying physical personality
         is illusive and mortal; but the good attendant upon spirit-
         ual individuality is immortal. Existing here and now,
21    this unseen individuality is real and eternal. The so-
         called material senses, and the mortal mind which is mis-


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1      named man, take no cognizance of spiritual individuality,
         which manifests immortality, whose Principle is God.

3      To God alone belong the indisputable realities of being.
         Death is a contradiction of Life, or God; therefore it is
         not in accordance with His law, but antagonistic thereto.
6      Death, then, is error, opposed to Truth, — even the
         unreality of mortal mind, not the reality of that Mind
         which is Life. Error has no life, and is virtually without
9      existence. Life is real; and all is real which proceeds
         from Life and is inseparable from it.

         It is unchristian to believe in the transition called ma-
12    terial death, since matter has no life, and such misbelief
         must enthrone another power, an imaginary life, above
         the living and true God. A material sense of life robs
15    God, by declaring that not He alone is Life, but that some-
         thing else also is life, — thus affirming the existence and
         rulership of more gods than one. This idolatrous and
18    false sense of life is all that dies, or appears to die.

         The opposite understanding of God brings to light
         Life and immortality. Death has no quality of Life; and
21    no divine fiat commands us to believe in aught which is
         unlike God, or to deny that He is Life eternal.

         Life as God, moral and spiritual good, is not seen in
24    the mineral, vegetable, or animal kingdoms. Hence the
         inevitable conclusion that Life is not in these kingdoms,
         and that the popular views to this effect are not up to the
27    Christian standard of Life, or equal to the reality of being,
         whose Principle is God.


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1      When "the Word" is "made flesh" among mortals,
         the Truth of Life is rendered practical on the body.
3      Eternal Life is partially understood; and sickness, sin,
         and death yield to holiness, health, and Life, — that is,
         to God. The lust of the flesh and the pride of physical
6      life must be quenched in the divine essence, — that om-
         nipotent Love which annihilates hate, that Life which
         knows no death.

9      "Who hath believed our report?" Who understands
         these sayings? He to whom the arm of the Lord is re-
         vealed. He loves them from whom divine Science removes
12    human weakness by divine strength, and who unveil the
         Messiah, whose name is Wonderful.

         Man has no underived power. That selfhood is false
15    which opposes itself to God, claims another father, and
         denies spiritual sonship; but as many as receive the knowl-
         edge of God in Science must reflect, in some degree, the
18    power of Him who gave and giveth man dominion over
         all the earth.
         As soldiers of the cross we must be brave, and let Science
21    declare the immortal status of man, and deny the evidence
         of the material senses, which testify that man dies.

         As the image of God, or Life, man forever reflects and
24    embodies Life, not death. The material senses testify
         falsely. They presuppose that God is good and that man
         is evil, that Deity is deathless, but that man dies, losing
27    the divine likeness.

         Science and material sense conflict at all points, from


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1      the revolution of the earth to the fall of a sparrow. It is
         mortality only that dies.

3      To say that you and I, as mortals, will not enter this
         dark shadow of material sense, called death, is to assert
         what we have not proved; but man in Science never dies.
6      Material sense, or the belief of life in matter, must perish,
         in order to prove man deathless.

         As Truth supersedes error, and bears the fruits of Love,
9      this understanding of Truth subordinates the belief in
         death, and demonstrates Life as imperative in the divine
         order of being.

12    Jesus declares that they who believe his sayings will
         never die; therefore mortals can no more receive ever-
         lasting life by believing in death, than they can become
15    perfect by believing in imperfection and living imperfectly.

         Life is God, and God is good. Hence Life abides in
         man, if man abides in good, if he lives in God, who holds
18    Life by a spiritual and not by a material sense of being.

         A sense of death is not requisite to a proper or true
         sense of Life, but beclouds it. Death can never alarm or
21    even appear to him who fully understands Life. The
         death-penalty comes through our ignorance of Life, — of
         that which is without beginning and without end, — and
24    is the punishment of this ignorance.

         Holding a material sense of Life, and lacking the spirit-
         ual sense of it, mortals die, in belief, and regard all things
27    as temporal. A sense material apprehends nothing strictly
         belonging to the nature and office of Life. It conceives


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1      and beholds nothing but mortality, and has but a feeble
         concept of immortality.

3      In order to reach the true knowledge and consciousness
         of Life, we must learn it of good. Of evil we can never
         learn it, because sin shuts out the real sense of Life, and
6      brings in an unreal sense of suffering and death.

         Knowledge of evil, or belief in it, involves a loss of the
         true sense of good, God; and to know death, or to believe
9      in it, involves a temporary loss of God, the infinite and
         only Life.

         Resurrection from the dead (that is, from the belief in
12    death) must come to all sooner or later; and they who
         have part in this resurrection are they upon whom the
         second death has no power.

15    The sweet and sacred sense of the permanence of man's
         unity with his Maker can illumine our present being with
         a continual presence and power of good, opening wide
18    the portal from death into Life; and when this Life shall
         appear "we shall be like Him," and we shall go to the
         Father, not through death, but through Life; not through
21    error, but through Truth.

         All Life is Spirit, and Spirit can never dwell in its antag-
         onist, matter. Life, therefore, is deathless, because God
24    cannot be the opposite of Himself. In Christian Science
         there is no matter; hence matter neither lives nor dies.
         To the senses, matter appears to both live and die, and
27    these phenomena appear to go on ad infinitum; but such
         a theory implies perpetual disagreement with Spirit.


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1      Life, God, being everywhere, it must follow that death
         can be nowhere; because there is no place left for it.

3      Soul, Spirit, is deathless. Matter, sin, and death are
         not the outcome of Spirit, holiness, and Life. What then
         are matter, sin, and death ? They can be nothing except
6      the results of material consciousness; but material con-
         sciousness can have no real existence, because it is not a
         living — that is to say, a divine and intelligent — reality.

9      That man must be vicious before he can be virtuous,
         dying before he can be deathless, material before he can
         be spiritual, is an error of the senses; for the very opposite
12    of this error is the genuine Science of being.

         Man, in Science, is as perfect and immortal now, as
         when "the morning stars sang together, and all the sons
15    of God shouted for joy."

         With Christ, Life was not merely a sense of existence,
         but a sense of might and ability to subdue material con-
18    ditions. No wonder "people were astonished at his doc-
         trine; for he taught them as one having authority, and
         not as the scribes."

21    As defined by Jesus, Life had no beginning; nor was
         it the result of organization, or of an infusion of power
         into matter. To him, Life was Spirit.

24    Truth, defiant of error or matter, is Science, dispelling
         a false sense and leading man into the true sense of self-
         hood and Godhood; wherein the mortal does not develop
27    the immortal, nor the material the spiritual, but wherein
         true manhood and womanhood go forth in the radiance


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1      of eternal being and its perfections, unchanged and
         unchangeable.

3      This generation seems too material for any strong dem-
         onstration over death, and hence cannot bring out the
         infinite reality of Life, — namely, that there is no death,
6      but only Life. The present mortal sense of being is too
         finite for anchorage in infinite good, God, because mortals
         now believe in the possibility that Life can be evil.

9      The achievement of this ultimatum of Science, com-
         plete triumph over death, requires time and immense
         spiritual growth.

12    I have by no means spoken of myself, I cannot speak
         of myself as "sufficient for these things." I insist only
         upon the fact, as it exists in divine Science, that man dies
15    not, and on the words of the Master in support of this
         verity, — words which can never "pass away till all be
         fulfilled."

18    Because of these profound reasons I urge Christians
         to have more faith in living than in dying. I exhort them
         to accept Christ's promise, and unite the influence of their
21    own thoughts with the power of his teachings, in the
         Science of being. This will interpret the divine power to
         human capacity, and enable us to apprehend, or lay hold
24    upon, "that for which," as Paul says in the third chapter
         of Philippians, we are also "apprehended of [or grasped
         by] Christ Jesus," — the ever-present Life which knows
27    no death, the omnipresent Spirit which knows no matter.


Personal Statements


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1      MANY misrepresentations are made concerning my
         doctrines, some of which are as unkind and unjust
3      as they are untrue; but I can only repeat the Master's
         words: "They know not what they do."

         The foundations of these assertions, like the structure
6      raised thereupon, are vain shadows, repeating — if the
         popular couplet may be so paraphrased —


         The old, old story,
9      Of Satan and his lie.


         In the days of Eden, humanity was misled by a false
         personality, — a talking snake, — according to Biblical
12    history. This pretender taught the opposite of Truth.
         This abortive ego, this fable of error, is laid bare in
         Christian Science.

15    Human theories call, or miscall, this evil a child of God.
         Philosophy would multiply and subdivide personality into
         everything that exists, whether expressive or not expressive
18    of the Mind which is God. Human wisdom says of evil,
         "The Lord knows it!" thus carrying out the serpent's
         assurance: "In the day ye eat thereof [when you, lie, get
21    the floor], then your eyes shall be opened [you shall be
         conscious matter], and ye shall be as gods, knowing good


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1      and evil [you shall believe a lie, and this lie shall seem
         truth] ."

3      Bruise the head of this serpent, as Truth and "the
         woman" are doing in Christian Science, and it stings
         your heel, rears its crest proudly, and goes on saying, "Am
6      I not myself? Am I not mind and matter, person and
         thing?" We should answer: "Yes! you are indeed your-
         self, and need most of all to be rid of this self, for it is
9      very far from God's likeness."

         The egotist must come down and learn, in humility,
         that God never made evil. An evil ego, and his assumed
12    power, are falsities. These falsities need a denial. The
         falsity is the teaching that matter can be conscious; and
         conscious matter implies pantheism. This pantheism I
15    unveil. I try to show its all-pervading presence in certain
         forms of theology and philosophy, where it becomes error's
         affirmative to Truth's negative. Anatomy and physiology
18    make mind-matter a habitant of the cerebellum, whence
         it telegraphs and telephones over its own body, and goes
         forth into an imaginary sphere of its own creation and
21    limitation, until it finally dies in order to better itself.
         But Truth never dies, and death is not the goal which
         Truth seeks.

24    The evil ego has but the visionary substance of matter.
         It lacks the substance of Spirit, — Mind, Life, Soul. Mor-
         tal mind is self-creative and self-sustained, until it becomes
27    non-existent. It has no origin or existence in Spirit, im-
         mortal Mind, or good. Matter is not truly conscious; and


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1      mortal error, called mind, is not Godlike. These are the
         shadowy and false, which neither think nor speak.
3      All Truth is from inspiration and revelation, — from
         Spirit, not from flesh.

         We do not see much of the real man here, for he is
6      God's man; while ours is man's man.

         I do not deny, I maintain, the individuality and reality
         of man; but I do so on a divine Principle, not based on a
9      human conception and birth. The scientific man and his
         Maker are here; and you would be none other than this
         man, if you would subordinate the fleshly perceptions to
12    the spiritual sense and source of being.

         Jesus said, "I and my Father are one." He taught no
         selfhood as existent in matter. In his identity there is no
15    evil. Individuality and Life were real to him only as
         spiritual and good, not as material or evil. This incensed
         the rabbins against Jesus, because it was an indignity to
18    their personality; and this personality they regarded as
         both good and evil, as is still claimed by the worldly-wise.
         To them evil was even more the ego than was the good.
21    Sin, sickness, and death were evil's concomitants. This
         evil ego they believed must extend throughout the uni-
         verse, as being equally identical and self-conscious with
24    God. This ego was in the earthquake, thunderbolt, and
         tempest.

         The Pharisees fought Jesus on this issue. It furnished
27    the battle-ground of the past, as it does of the present.
         The fight was an effort to enthrone evil. Jesus assumed


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1      the burden of disproof by destroying sin, sickness, and
         death, to sight and sense.

3      Nowhere in Scripture is evil connected with good, the
         being of God, and with every passing hour it is losing its
         false claim to existence or consciousness. All that can
6      exist is God and His idea.


Credo


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1      IT is fair to ask of every one a reason for the faith within.
         Though it be but to repeat my twice-told tale, — nay,
3      the tale already told a hundred times, — yet ask, and I
         will answer.


         Do you believe in God?


6      I believe more in Him than do most Christians, for I
         have no faith in any other thing or being. He sustains
         my individuality. Nay, more — He is my individuality
9      and my Life. Because He lives, I live. He heals all my
         ills, destroys my iniquities, deprives death of its sting, and
         robs the grave of its victory.

12    To me God is All. He is best understood as Supreme
         Being, as infinite and conscious Life, as the affectionate
         Father and Mother of all He creates; but this divine
15    Parent no more enters into His creation than the human
         father enters into his child. His creation is not the Ego,
         but the reflection of the Ego. The Ego is God Himself,
18    the infinite Soul.

         I believe that of which I am conscious through the
         understanding, however faintly able to demonstrate Truth
21    and Love.


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         Do you believe in man?


         I believe in the individual man, for I understand that
3      man is as definite and eternal as God, and that man is
         coexistent with God, as being the eternally divine idea.
         This is demonstrable by the simple appeal to human
6      consciousness.

         But I believe less in the sinner, wrongly named man.
         The more I understand true humanhood, the more I see it
9      to be sinless, — as ignorant of sin as is the perfect Maker.

         To me the reality and substance of being are good, and
         nothing else. Through the eternal reality of existence I
12    reach, in thought, a glorified consciousness of the only
         living God and the genuine man. So long as I hold evil
         in consciousness, I cannot be wholly good.

15    You cannot simultaneously serve the mammon of
         materiality and the God of spirituality. There are not
         two realities of being, two opposite states of existence.
18    One should appear real to us, and the other unreal, or we
         lose the Science of being. Standing in no basic Truth, we
         make "the worse appear the better reason," and the un-
21    real masquerades as the real, in our thought.

         Evil is without Principle. Being destitute of Principle,
         it is devoid of Science. Hence it is undemonstrable, with-
24    out proof. This gives me a clearer right to call evil a nega-
         tion, than to affirm it to be something which God sees and
         knows, but which He straightway commands mortals to
27    shun or relinquish, lest it destroy them. This notion of


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1      the destructibility of Mind implies the possibility of its
         defilement; but how can infinite Mind be defiled?


3      Do you believe in matter?


         I believe in matter only as I believe in evil, that it is
         something to be denied and destroyed to human conscious-
6      ness, and is unknown to the Divine. We should watch
         and pray that we enter not into the temptation of panthe-
         istic belief in matter as sensible mind. We should sub-
9      jugate it as Jesus did, by a dominant understanding of
         Spirit.

         At best, matter is only a phenomenon of mortal mind,
12    of which evil is the highest degree; but really there is no
         such thing as mortal mind, — though we are compelled
         to use the phrase in the endeavor to express the underlying
15    thought.

         In reality there are no material states or stages of con-
         sciousness, and matter has neither Mind nor sensation.
18    Like evil, it is destitute of Mind, for Mind is God.

         The less consciousness of evil or matter mortals have,
         the easier it is for them to evade sin, sickness, and death,
21    — which are but states of false belief, — and awake from
         the troubled dream, a consciousness which is without
         Mind or Maker.

24    Matter and evil cannot be conscious, and consciousness
         should not be evil. Adopt this rule of Science, and you
         will discover the material origin, growth, maturity, and
27    death of sinners, as the history of man, disappears, and the


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1      everlasting facts of being appear, wherein man is the re-
         flection of immutable good.

3      Reasoning from false premises, — that Life is material,
         that immortal Soul is sinful, and hence that sin is eternal,
         — the reality of being is neither seen, felt, heard, nor un-
6      derstood. Human philosophy and human reason can
         never make one hair white or black, except in belief;
         whereas the demonstration of God, as in Christian Science,
9      is gained through Christ as perfect manhood.

         In pantheism the world is bereft of its God, whose
         place is ill supplied by the pretentious usurpation, by
12    matter, of the heavenly sovereignty.


         What say you of woman?


         Man is the generic term for all humanity. Woman is
15    the highest species of man, and this word is the generic
         term for all women; but not one of all these individualities
         is an Eve or an Adam. They have none of them lost their
18    harmonious state, in the economy of God's wisdom and
         government.

         The Ego is divine consciousness, eternally radiating
21    throughout all space in the idea of God, good, and not of
         His opposite, evil. The Ego is revealed as Father, Son,
         and Holy Ghost; but the full Truth is found only in
24    divine Science, where we see God as Life, Truth, and
         Love. In the scientific relation of man to God, man is
         reflected not as human soul, but as the divine ideal, whose
27    Soul is not in body, but is God, — the divine Principle of


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1      man. Hence Soul is sinless and immortal, in contradis-
         tinction to the supposition that there can be sinful souls or
3      immortal sinners.

         This Science of God and man is the Holy Ghost, which
         reveals and sustains the unbroken and eternal harmony
6      of both God and the universe. It is the kingdom of heaven,
         the ever-present reign of harmony, already with us. Hence
         the need that human consciousness should become divine,
9      in the coincidence of God and man, in contradistinction
         to the false consciousness of both good and evil, God and
         devil, — of man separated from his Maker. This is the
12    precious redemption of soul, as mortal sense, through
         Christ's immortal sense of Truth, which presents Truth's
         spiritual idea, man and woman.


         What say you of evil?


         God is not the so-called ego of evil; for evil, as a sup-
         position, is the father of itself, — of the material world,
18    the flesh, and the devil. From this falsehood arise the
         self-destroying elements of this world, its unkind forces,
         its tempests, lightnings, earthquakes, poisons, rabid
21    beasts, fatal reptiles, and mortals.

         Why are earth and mortals so elaborate in beauty, color,
         and form, if God has no part in them? By the law of
24    opposites. The most beautiful blossom is often poisonous,
         and the most beautiful mansion is sometimes the home of
         vice. The senses, not God, Soul, form the condition of
27    beautiful evil, and the supposed modes of self-conscious


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1      matter, which make a beautiful lie. Now a lie takes its
         pattern from Truth, by reversing Truth. So evil and all
3      its forms are inverted good. God never made them; but
         the lie must say He made them, or it would not be evil.
         Being a lie, it would be truthful to call itself a lie; and by
6      calling the knowledge of evil good, and greatly to be de-
         sired, it constitutes the lie an evil.

         The reality and individuality of man are good and God-
9      made, and they are here to be seen and demonstrated; it
         is only the evil belief that renders them obscure.

         Matter and evil are anti-Christian, the antipodes of
12    Science. To say that Mind is material, or that evil is
         Mind, is a misapprehension of being, — a mistake which
         will die of its own delusion; for being self-contradictory,
15    it is also self-destructive. The harmony of man's being is
         not built on such false foundations, which are no more
         logical, philosophical, or scientific than would be the as-
18    sertion that the rule of addition is the rule of subtraction,
         and that sums done under both rules would have one
         quotient.

21    Man's individuality is not a mortal mind or sinner; or
         else he has lost his true individuality as a perfect child of
         God. Man's Father is not a mortal mind and a sinner;
24    or else the immortal and unerring Mind, God, is not his
         Father; but God is man's origin and loving Father,
         hence that saying of Jesus, "Call no man your father
27    upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in
         heaven."


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1      The bright gold of Truth is dimmed by the doctrine of
         mind in matter.

3      To say there is a false claim, called sickness, is to admit
         all there is of sickness; for it is nothing but a false claim.
         To be healed, one must lose sight of a false claim. If the
6      claim be present to the thought, then disease becomes as
         tangible as any reality. To regard sickness as a false
         claim, is to abate the fear of it; but this does not destroy
9      the so-called fact of the claim. In order to be whole, we
         must be insensible to every claim of error.

         As with sickness, so is it with sin. To admit that sin
12    has any claim whatever, just or unjust, is to admit a dan-
         gerous fact. Hence the fact must be denied; for if sin's
         claim be allowed in any degree, then sin destroys the
15    at-one-ment, or oneness with God, — a unity which sin
         recognizes as its most potent and deadly enemy.

         If God knows sin, even as a false claimant, then ac-
18    quaintance with that claimant becomes legitimate to
         mortals, and this knowledge would not be forbidden; but
         God forbade man to know evil at the very beginning,
21    when Satan held it up before man as something desirable
         and a distinct addition to human wisdom, because the
         knowledge of evil would make man a god, — a representa-
24    tion that God both knew and admitted the dignity of evil.

         Which is right, — God, who condemned the knowledge
         of sin and disowned its acquaintance, or the serpent, who
27    pushed that claim with the glittering audacity of diabolical
         and sinuous logic?


Suffering from Others' Thoughts


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1      JESUS accepted the one fact whereby alone the rule of
         Life can be demonstrated, — namely, that there is
3      no death.

         In his real self he bore no infirmities. Though "a man
         of sorrows, and acquainted with grief," as Isaiah says of
6      him, he bore not his sins, but ours, "in his own body on
         the tree." "He was bruised for our iniquities; . . . and
         with his stripes we are healed."

9      He was the Way-shower; and Christian Scientists who
         would demonstrate "the way" must keep close to his
         path, that they may win the prize. "The way," in the
12    flesh, is the suffering which leads out of the flesh. "The
         way," in Spirit, is "the way" of Life, Truth, and Love,
         redeeming us from the false sense of the flesh and the
15    wounds it bears. This threefold Messiah reveals the self-
         destroying ways of error and the life-giving way of Truth.

         Job's faith and hope gained him the assurance that
19    the so-called sufferings of the flesh are unreal. We shall
         learn how false are the pleasures and pains of material
         sense, and behold the truth of being, as expressed in his
21    conviction, "Yet in my flesh shall I see God;" that is,
         Now and here shall I behold God, divine Love.

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1      The chaos of mortal mind is made the stepping-stone
         to the cosmos of immortal Mind.

3      If Jesus suffered, as the Scriptures declare, it must have
         been from the mentality of others; since all suffering
         comes from mind, not from matter, and there could be
6      no sin or suffering in the Mind which is God. Not his
         own sins, but the sins of the world, "crucified the Lord
         of glory," and "put him to an open shame."

9      Holding a quickened sense of false environment, and
         suffering from mentality in opposition to Truth, are signifi-
         cant of that state of mind which the actual understanding
12    of Christian Science first eliminates and then destroys.

         In the divine order of Science every follower of Christ
         shares his cup of sorrows. He also suffereth in the flesh,
15    and from the mentality which opposes the law of Spirit;
         but the divine law is supreme, for it freeth him from the
         law of sin and death.

18    Prophets and apostles suffered from the thoughts of
         others. Their conscious being was not fully exempt from
         physicality and the sense of sin.

21    Until he awakes from his delusion, he suffers least from
         sin who is a hardened sinner. The hypocrite's affections
         must first be made to fret in their chains; and the pangs
24    of hell must lay hold of him ere he can change from flesh
         to Spirit, become acquainted with that Love which is
         without dissimulation and endureth all things. Such
27    mental conditions as ingratitude, lust, malice, hate, con-
         stitute the miasma of earth. More obnoxious than


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1      Chinese stenchpots are these dispositions which offend
         the spiritual sense.

3      Anatomically considered, the design of the material
         senses is to warn mortals of the approach of danger by
         the pain they feel and occasion; but as this sense disap-
6      pears it foresees the impending doom and foretells the
         pain. Man's refuge is in spirituality, "under the shadow
         of the Almighty."

9      The cross is the central emblem of human history.
         Without it there is neither temptation nor glory. When
         Jesus turned and said, "Who hath touched me?" he
12    must have felt the influence of the woman's thought; for
         it is written that he felt that "virtue had gone out of him."
         His pure consciousness was discriminating, and rendered
15    this infallible verdict; but he neither held her error by
         affinity nor by infirmity, for it was detected and dismissed.

         This gospel of suffering brought life and bliss. This
18    is earth's Bethel in stone, — its pillow, supporting the
         ladder which reaches heaven.

         Suffering was the confirmation of Paul's faith. Through
21    "a thorn in the flesh" he learned that spiritual grace was
         sufficient for him.

         Peter rejoiced that he was found worthy to suffer for
24    Christ; because to suffer with him is to reign with him.
         Sorrow is the harbinger of joy. Mortal throes of anguish
         forward the birth of immortal being; but divine Science
27    wipes away all tears.

         The only conscious existence in the flesh is error of some


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1      sort, — sin, pain, death, — a false sense of life and happi-
         ness. Mortals, if at ease in so-called existence, are in their
3      native element of error, and must become dis-eased, dis-
         quieted, before error is annihilated.

         Jesus walked with bleeding feet the thorny earth-road,
6      treading "the winepress alone." His persecutors said
         mockingly, "Save thyself, and come down from the cross."
         This was the very thing he was doing, coming down from
9      the cross, saving himself after the manner that he had
         taught, by the law of Spirit's supremacy; and this was
         done through what is humanly called agony.

12    Even the ice-bound hypocrite melts in fervent heat,
         before he apprehends Christ as "the way." The Master's
         sublime triumph over all mortal mentality was immortal-
15    ity's goal. He was too wise not to be willing to test the
         full compass of human woe, being "in all points tempted
         like as we are, yet without sin."

18    Thus the absolute unreality of sin, sickness, and death
         was revealed, — a revelation that beams on mortal sense
         as the midnight sun shines over the Polar Sea.


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1      IF there is no reality in evil, why did the Messiah come
         to the world, and from what evils was it his purpose
3      to save humankind? How, indeed, is he a Saviour, if
         the evils from which he saves are nonentities?

         Jesus came to earth; but the Christ (that is, the divine
6      idea of the divine Principle which made heaven and earth)
         was never absent from the earth and heaven; hence the
         phraseology of Jesus, who spoke of the Christ as one who
9      came down from heaven, yet as "the Son of man which
         is in heaven
." (John iii. 13.) By this we understand
         Christ to be the divine idea brought to the flesh in the son
12    of Mary.

         Salvation is as eternal as God. To mortal thought
         Jesus appeared as a child, and grew to manhood, to suffer
15    before Pilate and on Calvary, because he could reach and
         teach mankind only through this conformity to mortal
         conditions; but Soul never saw the Saviour come and go,
18    because the divine idea is always present.

         Jesus came to rescue men from these very illusions to
         which he seemed to conform: from the illusion which
21    calls sin real, and man a sinner, needing a Saviour; the
         illusion which calls sickness real, and man an invalid,
         needing a physician; the illusion that death is as real as


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1      Life. From such thoughts — mortal inventions, one and
         all — Christ Jesus came to save men, through ever-present
3      and eternal good.

         Mortal man is a kingdom divided against itself. With
         the same breath he articulates truth and error. We say
6      that God is All, and there is none beside Him, and then
         talk of sin and sinners as real. We call God omnipotent
         and omnipresent, and then conjure up, from the dark
9      abyss of nothingness, a powerful presence named evil. We
         say that harmony is real, and inharmony is its opposite,
         and therefore unreal; yet we descant upon sickness, sin,
12    and death as realities.

         With the tongue "bless we God, even the Father; and
         therewith curse we men, who are made after the simili-
15    tude [human concept] of God. Out of the same mouth
         proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these
         things ought not so to be." (James iii. 9, 10.) Mortals
18    are free moral agents, to choose whom they would serve.
         If God, then let them serve Him, and He will be unto them
         All-in-all.

21    If God is ever present, He is neither absent from Him-
         self nor from the universe. Without Him, the universe
         would disappear, and space, substance, and immortality
24    be lost. St. Paul says, "And if Christ be not raised, your
         faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. " (1 Corinthians xv.
         17.) Christ cannot come to mortal and material sense,
27    which sees not God. This false sense of substance must
         yield to His eternal presence, and so dissolve. Rising


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1      above the false, to the true evidence of Life, is the resur-
         rection that takes hold of eternal Truth. Coming and
3      going belong to mortal consciousness. God is "the same
         yesterday, and to-day, and forever."

         To material sense, Jesus first appeared as a helpless
6      human babe; but to immortal and spiritual vision he was
         one with the Father, even the eternal idea of God, that
         was — and is — neither young nor old, neither dead nor
9      risen. The mutations of mortal sense are the evening and
         the morning of human thought, — the twilight and dawn
         of earthly vision, which precedeth the nightless radiance
12    of divine Life. Human perception, advancing toward
         the apprehension of its nothingness, halts, retreats, and
         again goes forward; but the divine Principle and Spirit
15    and spiritual man are unchangeable, — neither advancing,
         retreating, nor halting.

         Our highest sense of infinite good in this mortal sphere
18    is but the sign and symbol, not the substance of good.
         Only faith and a feeble understanding make the earthly
         acme of human sense. "The life which I now live in the
21    flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God." (Galatians
         ii. 20.)

         Christian Science is both demonstration and fruition,
24    but how attenuated are our demonstration and realization
         of this Science! Truth, in divine Science, is the stepping-
         stone to the understanding of God; but the broken and
27    contrite heart soonest discerns this truth, even as the help-
         less sick are soonest healed by it. Invalids say, "I have


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1      recovered from sickness;" when the fact really remains,
         in divine Science, that they never were sick.

3      The Christian saith, "Christ (God) died for me, and
         came to save me;" yet God dies not, and is the ever-
         presence that neither comes nor goes, and man is forever
6      His image and likeness. "The things which are seen are
         temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
         (2 Corinthians iv. 18.) This is the mystery of godliness
9      — that God, good, is never absent, and there is none be-
         side good. Mortals can understand this only as they reach
         the Life of good, and learn that there is no Life in evil.
12    Then shall it appear that the true ideal of omnipotent and
         ever-present good is an ideal wherein and wherefor there
         is no evil. Sin exists only as a sense, and not as Soul.
15    Destroy this sense of sin, and sin disappears. Sickness,
         sin, or death is a false sense of Life and good. Destroy
         this trinity of error, and you find Truth.

18    In Science, Christ never died. In material sense Jesus
         died, and lived. The fleshly Jesus seemed to die, though
         he did not. The Truth or Life in divine Science — un-
21    disturbed by human error, sin, and death — saith forever,
         "I am the living God, and man is My idea, never in matter,
         nor resurrected from it." "Why seek ye the living among
24    the dead? He is not here, but is risen." (Luke xxiv. 5, 6.)
         Mortal sense, confining itself to matter, is all that can be
         buried or resurrected.

27    Mary had risen to discern faintly God's ever-presence,
         and that of His idea, man; but her mortal sense, revers-


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1      ing Science and spiritual understanding, interpreted this
         appearing as a risen Christ. The I AM was neither buried
3      nor resurrected. The Way, the Truth, and the Life were
         never absent for a moment. This trinity of Love lives
         and reigns forever. Its kingdom, not apparent to material
6      sense, never disappeared to spiritual sense, but remained
         forever in the Science of being. The so-called appearing,
         disappearing, and reappearing of ever-presence, in whom
9      is no variableness or shadow of turning, is the false human
         sense of that light which shineth in darkness, and the
         darkness comprehendeth it not.


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1      ALL that is God created. If sin has any pretense of
         existence, God is responsible therefor; but there is
3      no reality in sin, for God can no more behold it, or acknowl-
         edge it, than the sun can coexist with darkness.

         To build the individual spiritual sense, conscious of
6      only health, holiness, and heaven, on the foundations of
         an eternal Mind which is conscious of sickness, sin, and
         death, is a moral impossibility; for "other foundation
9      can no man lay than that is laid. " ( 1 Corinthians iii. 11.)
         The nearer we approximate to such a Mind, even if it were
         (or could be) God, the more real those mind-pictures would
12    become to us; until the hope of ever eluding their dread
         presence must yield to despair, and the haunting sense
         of evil forever accompany our being.

15    Mortals may climb the smooth glaciers, leap the dark
         fissures, scale the treacherous ice, and stand on the sum-
         mit of Mont Blanc; but they can never turn back what
18    Deity knoweth, nor escape from identification with what
         dwelleth in the eternal Mind.

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