When the following platform is
understood and the letter and the spirit bear witness, the infallibility of
divine metaphysics will be demonstrated.
deific supremacy 330
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.
deific definitions 330
II. God is what the Scriptures declare Him to
be, - Life, Truth, Love. Spirit is divine Principle, and divine Principle is
Love, and Love is Mind, and Mind is not both good and bad, for God is Mind;
therefore there is in reality one Mind only, because there is one God.
III. The notion that both evil and good are
real is a delusion of material sense, which Science annihilates. Evil is
nothing, no thing, mind, nor power. As manifested by mankind it stands for a
lie, nothing claiming to be something, - for lust, dishonesty, selfishness,
envy, hypocrisy, slander, hate, theft, adultery, murder, dementia, insanity,
inanity, devil, hell, with all the etceteras that word includes.
the creator 331
IV. God is divine Life, and Life is no more
confined to the forms which reflect it than substance is in its shadow. If
life were in mortal man or material things, it would be subject to their
limitations and would end in death. Life is Mind, the creator reflected in His
creations. If He dwelt within what He creates, God would not be reflected but
absorbed, and the Science of being would be forever lost through a mortal
sense, which falsely testifies to a beginning and an end.
Allness of Spirit 331
V. The Scriptures imply that God is All-in-all.
From this it follows that nothing possesses reality nor existence except the
divine Mind and His ideas. The Scriptures also declare that God is Spirit.
Therefore in Spirit all is harmony, and there can be no discord; all is Life,
and there is no death. Everything in God's universe expresses Him.
universal cause 331
VI. God is individual, incorporeal. He is
divine Principle, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and there is no
other self-existence. He is all-inclusive, and is reflected by all that is
real and eternal and by nothing else. He fills all space, and it is impossible
to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit
or Mind. Hence all is Spirit and spiritual.
Divine trinity 331
VII. Life, Truth, and Love constitute the
triune Person called God, - that is, the triply divine Principle, Love. They
represent a trinity in unity, three in one, - the same in essence, though
multiform in office: God the Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of
sonship; divine Science or the Holy Comforter. These three express in divine
Science the threefold, essential nature of the infinite. They also indicate
the divine Principle of scientific being, the intelligent relation of God to
man and the universe.
(CHURCH MANUAL: Meetings)
VIII. Father-Mother is the name for Deity,
which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation. As the
apostle expressed it in words which he quoted with approbation from a classic
poet: "For we are also His offspring."
Son of God 332
IX. Jesus was born of Mary. Christ is the true
idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human
consciousness. The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual, - yea, the divine image
and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and
the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and
death. As Paul says: "There is one God, and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus." The corporeal man Jesus was human.
Holy Ghost or Comforter 332
X. Jesus demonstrated Christ; he proved that
Christ is the divine idea of God - the Holy Ghost, or Comforter, revealing the
divine Principle, Love, and leading into all truth.
Christ Jesus 332
XI. Jesus was the son of a virgin. He was
appointed to speak God's word and to appear to mortals in such a form of
humanity as they could understand as well as perceive. Mary's conception of
him was spiritual, for only purity could reflect Truth and Love, which were
plainly incarnate in the good and pure Christ Jesus. He expressed the highest
type of divinity, which a fleshly form could express in that age. Into the
real and ideal man the fleshly element cannot enter. Thus it is that Christ
illustrates the coincidence, or spiritual agreement, between God and man in
Messiah or Christ 333
XII. The word Christ
is not properly a synonym for Jesus, though it is commonly so used. Jesus was
a human name, which belonged to him in common with other Hebrew boys and men,
for it is identical with the name Joshua, the renowned Hebrew leader. On the
other hand, Christ is not a name so much as the divine title of Jesus. Christ
expresses God's spiritual, eternal nature. The name is synonymous with
Messiah, and alludes to the spirituality which is taught, illustrated, and
demonstrated in the life of which Christ Jesus was the embodiment. The proper
name of our Master in the Greek was Jesus the Christ; but Christ Jesus better
signifies the Godlike.
divine Principle and idea 333
XIII. The advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked
the first century of the Christian era, but the Christ is without beginning of
years or end of days. Throughout all generations both before and after the
Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, - the reflection of God, -
has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive
Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious
glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine
nature, the essence of Love. The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and
ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to
this unity of his spiritual identity thus: "Before Abraham was, I
am;" "I and my Father are one;" "My Father is greater than
I." The one Spirit includes all identities.
Spiritual oneness 333
XIV. By these sayings Jesus meant, not that the
human Jesus was or is eternal, but that the divine idea or Christ was and is
so and therefore antedated Abraham; not that the corporeal Jesus was one with
the Father, but that the spiritual idea, Christ, dwells forever in the bosom
of the Father, God, from which it illumines heaven and earth; not that the
Father is greater than Spirit, which is God, but greater, infinitely greater,
than the fleshly Jesus, whose earthly career was brief.
Son's duality 334
XV. The invisible Christ was imperceptible to
the so-called personal senses, whereas Jesus appeared as a bodily existence.
This dual personality of the unseen and the seen, the spiritual and material,
the eternal Christ and the corporeal Jesus manifest in flesh, continued until
the Master's ascension, when the human, material concept, or Jesus,
disappeared, while the spiritual self, or Christ, continues to exist in the
eternal order of divine Science, taking away the sins of the world, as the
Christ has always done, even before the human Jesus was incarnate to mortal
Eternity of the Christ 334
XVI. This was "the Lamb slain from the
foundation of the world," - slain, that is, according to the testimony of
the corporeal senses, but undying in the deific Mind. The Revelator represents
the Son of man as saying (Revelation i. 17, 18): "I am the first and the
last: I am he that liveth, and was dead not understood]; and, behold, I am
alive for evermore, Science has explained me]." This is a mystical
statement of the eternity of the Christ, and is also a reference to the human
sense of Jesus crucified.
Infinite Spirit 334
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.
only substance 335
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 insubstantial.
Soul and Spirit one 335
XIX. Soul and Spirit being one, God and Soul
are one, and this one never included in a limited mind or a limited body.
Spirit is eternal, divine. Nothing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for
Spirit is more than all else. Because Soul is immortal, it does not exist in
mortality. Soul must be incorporeal to be Spirit, for Spirit is not finite.
Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of
Life as immortality brought to light.
one divine Mind 335
XX. Mind is the divine Principle, Love, and can
produce nothing unlike the eternal Father-Mother, God. Reality is spiritual,
harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Nothing unspiritual can be
real, harmonious, or eternal. Sin, sickness, and mortality are the
suppositional antipodes of Spirit, and must be contradictions of reality.
divine Ego 335
XXI. The Ego is deathless and limitless, for
limits would imply and impose ignorance. Mind is the I AM, or infinity. Mind
never enters the finite. Intelligence never passes into non-intelligence, or
matter. Good never enters into evil, the unlimited into the limited, the
eternal into the temporal, nor the immortal into mortality. The divine Ego, or
individuality, is reflected in all spiritual individuality from the
infinitesimal to the infinite.
real manhood 336
XXII. Immortal man was and is God's image or
idea, even the infinite expression of infinite Mind, and immortal man is
coexistent and coeternal with that Mind. He has been forever in the eternal
Mind, God; but infinite Mind can never be in man, but is reflected by man. The
spiritual man's consciousness and individuality are reflections of God. They
are the emanations of Him who is Life, Truth, and Love. Immortal man is not
and never was material, but always spiritual and eternal.
Indivisibility of the infinite 336
XXIII. God is indivisible. A portion of God
could not enter man; neither could God's fulness be reflected by a single man,
else God would be manifestly finite, lose the deific character, and become
less than God. Allness is the measure of the infinite, and nothing less can
the parent Mind 336
XXIV. God, the divine Principle of man, and man
in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal. The Science of
being furnishes the rule of perfection, and brings immortality to light. God
and man are not the same, but in the order of divine Science, God and man
coexist and are eternal. God is the parent Mind, and man is God's spiritual
reflects the perfect God 336
XXV. God is individual and personal in a
scientific sense, but not in any anthropomorphic sense. Therefore man,
reflecting God, cannot lose his individuality; but as material sensation, or a
soul in the body, blind mortals do lose sight of spiritual individuality.
Material personality is not realism; it is not the reflection or likeness of
Spirit, the perfect God. Sensualism is not bliss, but bondage. For true
happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love; the Son must be
in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ. According to divine
Science, man is in a degree as perfect as the Mind that forms him. The truth
of being makes man harmonious and immortal, while error is mortal and
Purity the path to perfection 337
XXVI. Christian Science demonstrates that none
but the pure in heart can see God, as the gospel teaches. In proportion to his
purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial being which
demonstrates Life in Christ, Life's spiritual ideal.
True idea of man 337
XXVII. The true idea of man, as the reflection
of the invisible God, is as incomprehensible to the limited senses as is man's
infinite Principle. The visible universe and material man are the poor
counterfeits of the invisible universe and spiritual man. Eternal things
(verities) are God's thoughts as they exist in the spiritual realm of the
real. Temporal things are the thoughts of mortals and are the unreal, being
the opposite of the real or the spiritual and eternal.
Truth demonstrated 337
XXVIII. Subject sickness, sin, and death to the
rule of health and holiness in Christian Science, and you ascertain that this
Science is demonstrably true, for it heals the sick and sinning as no other
system can. Christian Science, rightly understood, leads to eternal harmony.
It brings to light the only living and true God and man as made in His
likeness; whereas the opposite belief - that man originates in matter and has
beginning and end, that he is both soul and body, both good and evil, both
spiritual and material - terminates in discord and mortality, in the error
which must be destroyed by Truth. The mortality of material man proves that
error has been ingrafted into the premises and conclusions of material and
Adam not ideal man 338
XXIX. The word Adam
is from the Hebrew adamah,
signifying the red color of the ground,
dust, nothingness. Divide the name Adam into two syllables,
and it reads, a dam, or
obstruction. This suggests the thought of something fluid, of mortal mind in
solution. It further suggests the thought of that "darkness . . . upon
the face of the deep," when matter or dust was deemed the agent of Deity
in creating man, - when matter, as that which is accursed, stood opposed to
Spirit. Here a dam is
not a mere play upon words; it stands for obstruction, error, even the
supposed separation of man from God, and the obstacle which the serpent, sin,
would impose between man and his creator. The dissection and definition of
words, aside from their metaphysical derivation, is not scientific. Jehovah
declared the ground was accursed; and from this ground, or matter, sprang
Adam, notwithstanding God had blessed the earth "for man's sake."
From this it follows that Adam was not the ideal man for whom the earth was
blessed. The ideal man was revealed in due time, and was known as Christ
Divine pardon 339
XXX. The destruction of sin is the divine
method of pardon. Divine Life destroys death, Truth destroys error, and Love
destroys hate. Being destroyed, sin needs no other form of forgiveness. Does
not God's pardon, destroying any one sin, prophesy and involve the final
destruction of all sin?
Evil not produced by God 339
XXXI. Since God is All, there is no room for
His unlikeness. God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it good. Therefore
evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God. A
sinner can receive no encouragement from the fact that Science demonstrates
the unreality of evil, for the sinner would make a reality of sin, - would
make that real which is unreal, and thus heap up "wrath against the day
of wrath." He is joining in a conspiracy against himself, - against his
own awakening to the awful unreality by which he has been deceived. Only
those, who repent of sin and forsake the unreal, can fully understand the
unreality of evil.
Basis of health and immortality 339
XXXII. As the mythology of pagan Rome has
yielded to a more spiritual idea of Deity, so will our material theories yield
to spiritual ideas, until the finite gives place to the infinite, sickness to
health, sin to holiness, and God's kingdom comes "in earth, as it is in
heaven." The basis of all health, sinlessness, and immortality is the
great fact that God is the only Mind; and this Mind must be not merely
believed, but it must be understood. To get rid of sin through Science, is to
divest sin of any supposed mind or reality, and never to admit that sin can
have intelligence or power, pain or pleasure. You conquer error by denying its
verity. Our various theories will never lose their imaginary power for good or
evil, until we lose our faith in them and make life its own proof of harmony
This text in the book of Ecclesiastes conveys
the Christian Science thought, especially when the word duty,
which is not in the original, is omitted: "Let us hear the conclusion of
the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole
duty of man." In other words: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole
matter: love God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole of man in
His image and likeness. Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really
exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.
"Thou shalt have no other gods before
me." (Exodus xx. 3.) The First Commandment is my favorite text. It
demonstrates Christian Science. It inculcates the tri-unity of God, Spirit,
Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God,
eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind. The divine Principle of
the First Commandment bases the Science of being, by which man demonstrates
health, holiness, and life eternal. One infinite God, good, unifies men and
nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture,
"Love thy neighbor as thyself;" annihilates pagan and Christian
idolatry, - whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and
religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves
nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.