Christian Science Bible Lessons
- Section 2 -
(-1- The deific supremacy)
I. God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul,
the only intelligence of the universe, including man. Eye hath
neither seen God nor His image and likeness. Neither God nor the
perfect man can be discerned by the material senses. The
individuality of Spirit, or the infinite, is unknown, and thus a
knowledge of it is left either to human conjecture or to the
revelation of divine Science.
301:6-29 Chapter 10: Science of Being
(The divine reflection)
To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but
his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material,
On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really
substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which
mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the
only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal
sense transcendental, because the spiritual man's substantiality
transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine
(Inverted images and ideas)
As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness,
man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of
good, the substance of Spirit, not matter. The belief that man
has any other substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the
First Commandment, Thou shalt have one God, one Mind. Mortal man
seems to himself to be material substance, while man is "image"
(idea). Delusion, sin, disease, and death arise from the false
testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed standpoint
outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an
inverted image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside
468:16-24 Chapter 14: Recapitulation
Question 7. - What is substance?
ADAM = A belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality.
Question. - What is substance?
Answer. - Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of
discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the
Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: "The substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Spirit, the synonym
of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual
universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting
the divine substance of Spirit.