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.




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