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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


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


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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