From the Platform of Christian Science
and the definitions of "mortal
XVII. Spirit being God, there is but one Spirit, for there can be but one
infinite and therefore one God. There are neither spirits many nor gods
many. There is no evil in Spirit, because God is Spirit. The theory, that
Spirit is distinct from matter but must pass through it, or into it, to be
individualized, would reduce God to dependency on matter, and establish a
basis for pantheism.
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XVIII. Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself. Spirit never
created matter. There is nothing in Spirit out of which matter could be
made, for, as the Bible declares, without the Logos, the Aeon or Word of
God, "was not anything made that was made." Spirit is the only
substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God. Things spiritual
and eternal are substantial. Things material and temporal are
the belief that
there can be more than one creator;
Lesson topics, and the definition of Adam
Question 17. - Is it important to
understand these explanations
in order to heal the sick?
ADAM = An unreality as opposed to the great reality
of spiritual existence and creation.
(Sonship of Jesus)
Answer. - It is, since Christ is "the way" and
the truth casting out all error. Jesus called himself "the Son of
man," but not the son of Joseph. As woman is but a species of the
genera, he was literally the Son of Man. Jesus was the highest human concept
of the perfect man. He was inseparable from Christ, the Messiah, - the
divine idea of God outside the flesh. This enabled Jesus to demonstrate his
control over matter. Angels announced to the Wisemen of old this dual
appearing, and angels whisper it, through faith, to the hungering heart in
Sickness is part of the error which Truth casts out. Error will not expel
error. Christian Science is the law of Truth, which heals the sick on the
basis of the one Mind or God. It can heal in no other way, since the human,
mortal mind so-called is not a healer, but causes the belief in disease.
Then comes the question, how do drugs, hygiene, and animal
magnetism heal? It may be affirmed that they do not heal, but only relieve
suffering temporarily, exchanging one disease for another. We classify
disease as error, which nothing but Truth or Mind can heal, and this Mind
must be divine, not human. Mind transcends all other power, and will
ultimately supersede all other means in healing. In order to heal by
Science, you must not be ignorant of the moral and spiritual demands of
Science nor disobey them. Moral ignorance or sin affects your demonstration,
and hinders its approach to the standard in Christian Science.
(Terms adopted by the author)
After the author's sacred discovery, she affixed the name
"Science" to Christianity, the name "error" to corporeal
sense, and the name "substance" to Mind. Science has called the
world to battle over this issue and its demonstration, which heals the sick,
destroys error, and reveals the universal harmony. To those natural
Christian Scientists, the ancient worthies, and to Christ Jesus, God
certainly revealed the spirit of Christian Science, if not the absolute
(Science the way)
Because the Science of Mind seems to bring into dishonor the ordinary
scientific schools, which wrestle with material observations alone, this
Science has met with opposition; but if any system honors God, it ought to
receive aid, not opposition, from all thinking persons. And Christian
Science does honor God as no other theory honors Him, and it does this in
the way of His appointing, by doing many wonderful works through the divine
name and nature. One must fulfil one's mission without timidity or
dissimulation, for to be well done, the work must be done unselfishly.
Christianity will never be based on a divine Principle and so found to be
unerring, until its absolute Science is reached. When this is accomplished,
neither pride, prejudice, bigotry, nor envy can wash away its foundation,
for it is built upon the rock, Christ.
Question 18. - Does Christian
Science, or metaphysical healing,
include medication, material hygiene, mesmerism,
hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?
ADAM = A so-called man, whose origin, substance, and
are found to be the antipode of God, or Spirit.
Answer. - Not one of them is included in it. In divine
Science, the supposed laws of matter yield to the law of Mind. What are
termed natural science and material laws are the objective states of
mortal mind. The physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious
thoughts of mortals. Physical force and mortal mind are one. Drugs and
hygiene oppose the supremacy of the divine Mind. Drugs and inert matter
are unconscious, mindless. Certain results, supposed to proceed from
drugs, are really caused by the faith in them which the false human
consciousness is educated to feel.
Mesmerism is mortal, material illusion. Animal magnetism is the voluntary
or involuntary action of error in all its forms; it is the human antipode
of divine Science. Science must triumph over material sense, and Truth
over error, thus putting an end to the hypotheses involved in all false
theories and practices.