Do the five corporeal senses constitute man?
(All faculties from Mind)
Christian Science sustains with immortal
proof the impossibility of any material sense, and defines these so-called
senses as mortal beliefs,
the testimony of which cannot be true either of man or of his Maker. The
corporeal senses can take no cognizance of spiritual reality and
immortality. Nerves have no more sensation, apart from what belief bestows
upon them, than the fibres of a plant. Mind alone possesses all faculties,
perception, and comprehension. Therefore mental endowments are not at the
mercy of organization and decomposition, - otherwise the very worms could
unfashion man. If it were possible for the real senses of man to be
injured, Soul could reproduce them in all their perfection; but they
cannot be disturbed nor destroyed, since they exist in immortal Mind, not
The less mind there is manifested in matter
the better. When the unthinking lobster loses its claw, the claw grows
again. If the Science of Life were understood, it would be found that the
senses of Mind are never lost and that matter has no sensation. Then the
human limb would be replaced as readily as the lobster's claw, - not with
an artificial limb, but with the genuine one. Any hypothesis which
supposes life to be in matter is an educated belief. In infancy this
belief is not equal to guiding the hand to the mouth; and as consciousness
develops, this belief goes out, - yields to the reality of everlasting
Corporeal sense defrauds and lies; it
breaks all the commands of the Mosaic Decalogue to meet its own demands.
How then can this sense be the God-given channel to man of divine
blessings or understanding? How can man, reflecting God, be dependent on
material means for knowing, hearing, seeing? Who dares to say that the
senses of man can be at one time the medium for sinning against God, at
another the medium for obeying God? An affirmative reply would contradict
the Scripture, for the same fountain sendeth not forth sweet waters and
Organic construction valueless
The corporeal senses are the only source of
evil or error. Christian Science shows them to be false, because matter
has no sensation, and no organic construction can give it hearing and
sight nor make it the medium of Mind. Outside the material sense of
things, all is harmony. A wrong sense of God, man, and creation is non-sense,
want of sense. Mortal belief would have the material senses sometimes good
and sometimes bad. It assures mortals that there is real pleasure in sin;
but the grand truths of Christian Science dispute this error.
an animal propensity
Will-power is but a product of belief, and
this belief commits depredations on harmony. Human will is an animal
propensity, not a faculty of Soul. Hence it cannot govern man aright.
Christian Science reveals Truth and Love as the motive-powers of man.
Will-blind, stubborn, and headlong - cooperates with appetite and passion.
From this cooperation arises its evil. From this also comes its
powerlessness, since all power belongs to God, good.
The Science of Mind needs to be understood.
Until it is understood, mortals are more or less deprived of Truth. Human
theories are helpless to make man harmonious or immortal, since he is so
already, according to Christian Science. Our only need is to know this and
reduce to practice the real man's divine Principle, Love.
nature and origin
"Quench not the Spirit. Despise not
prophesyings." Human belief - or knowledge gained from the so-called
material senses - would, by fair logic, annihilate man along with the
dissolving elements of clay. The scientifically Christian explanations of
the nature and origin of man destroy all material sense with immortal
testimony. This immortal testimony ushers in the spiritual sense of being,
which can be obtained in no other way.
Sleep an illusion
Sleep and mesmerism explain the mythical
nature of material sense. Sleep shows material sense as either oblivion,
nothingness, or an illusion or dream. Under the mesmeric illusion of
belief, a man will think that he is freezing when he is warm, and that he
is swimming when he is on dry land. Needle-thrusts will not hurt him. A
delicious perfume will seem intolerable. Animal magnetism thus uncovers
material sense, and shows it to be a belief without actual foundation or
validity. Change the belief, and the sensation changes. Destroy the
belief, and the sensation disappears.
Material man is made up of involuntary and
voluntary error, of a negative right and a positive wrong, the latter
calling itself right. Man's spiritual individuality is never wrong. It is
the likeness of man's Maker. Matter cannot connect mortals with the true
origin and facts of being, in which all must end. It is only by
acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter,
that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual
link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable
from his creator.
man as a dream
The belief that matter and mind are one, -
that matter is awake at one time and asleep at another, sometimes
presenting no appearance of mind, - this belief culminates in another
belief, that man dies. Science reveals material man as never the real
being. The dream or belief goes on, whether our eyes are closed or open.
In sleep, memory and consciousness are lost from the body, and they wander
whither they will apparently with their own separate embodiment.
Personality is not the individuality of man. A wicked man may have an
existence the one fact
When we are awake, we dream of the pains
and pleasures of matter. Who will say, even though he does not understand
Christian Science, that this dream - rather than the dreamer - may not be
mortal man? Who can rationally say otherwise, when the dream leaves mortal
man intact in body and thought, although the so-called dreamer is
unconscious? For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the
thought, namely, spiritual existence. In reality there is no other
existence, since Life cannot be united to its unlikeness, mortality.
Being is holiness, harmony, immortality. It
is already proved that a knowledge of this, even in small degree, will
uplift the physical and moral standard of mortals, will increase
longevity, will purify and elevate character. Thus progress will finally
destroy all error, and bring immortality to light. We know that a
statement proved to be good must be correct. New thoughts are constantly
obtaining the floor. These two contradictory theories - that matter is
something, or that all is Mind - will dispute the ground, until one is
acknowledged to be the victor. Discussing his campaign, General Grant
said: "I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all
summer." Science says: All is Mind and Mind's idea. You must fight it
out on this line. Matter can afford you no aid.
The notion that mind and matter commingle
in the human illusion as to sin, sickness, and death must eventually
submit to the Science of Mind, which denies this notion. God
is Mind, and God is infinite;
hence all is Mind. On this statement rests the Science of
being, and the Principle of this Science is divine, demonstrating harmony
The conservative theory, long believed, is
that there are two factors, matter and mind, uniting on some impossible
basis. This theory would keep truth and error always at war. Victory would
perch on neither banner. On the other hand, Christian Science speedily
shows Truth to be triumphant. To corporeal sense, the sun appears to rise
and set, and the earth to stand still; but astronomical science
contradicts this, and explains the solar system as working on a different
plan. All the evidence of physical sense and all the knowledge obtained
from physical sense must yield to Science, to the immortal truth of all
Life's counterfeit, which ultimates in death.
topic: ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM
Will you explain sickness
show how it is to be healed?
The method of Christian Science
Mind-healing is touched upon in a previous chapter entitled Christian
Science Practice. A full answer to the above question involves teaching,
which enables the healer to demonstrate and prove for himself the
Principle and rule of Christian Science or metaphysical healing.
destroys all ills
Mind must be found superior to all the
beliefs of the five corporeal senses, and able to destroy all ills.
Sickness is a belief, which must be annihilated by the divine Mind.
Disease is an experience of so-called mortal mind. It is fear made
manifest on the body. Christian Science takes away this physical sense of
discord, just as it removes any other sense of moral or mental inharmony.
That man is material, and that matter suffers, - these propositions can
only seem real and natural in illusion. Any sense of soul in matter is not
the reality of being.
If Jesus awakened Lazarus from the dream,
illusion, of death, this proved that the Christ could improve on a false
sense. Who dares to doubt this consummate test of the power and
willingness of divine Mind to hold man forever intact in his perfect
state, and to govern man's entire action? Jesus said: "Destroy this
temple [body], and in three days I [Mind] will raise it up;" and he
did this for tired humanity's reassurance.
Is it not a species of infidelity to
believe that so great a work as the Messiah's was done for himself or for
God, who needed no help from Jesus' example to preserve the eternal
harmony? But mortals did need this help, and Jesus pointed the way for
them. Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. It
is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal
only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all
mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.
Reason and Science
The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love.
Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite
ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own
convictions and seek safety in divine Science. Reason, rightly directed,
serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but sin, sickness, and
death will seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem
real) until the Science of man's eternal harmony breaks their illusion
with the unbroken reality of scientific being.
Which of these two theories concerning man
are you ready to accept? One is the mortal testimony, changing, dying,
unreal. The other is the eternal and real evidence, bearing Truth's
signet, its lap piled high with immortal fruits.
Our Master cast out devils (evils) and
healed the sick. It should be said of his followers also, that they cast
fear and all evil out of themselves and others and heal the sick. God will
heal the sick through man, whenever man is governed by God. Truth casts
out error now as surely as it did nineteen centuries ago. All of Truth is
not understood; hence its healing power is not fully demonstrated.
of all evil
If sickness is true or the idea of Truth,
you cannot destroy sickness, and it would be absurd to try. Then classify
sickness and error as our Master did, when he spoke of the sick,
"whom Satan hath bound," and find a sovereign antidote for error
in the life-giving power of Truth acting on human belief, a power which
opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and sets the captive free
physically and morally.
and calm trust
When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts
you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness
to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear
sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious - as Life
eternally is - can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which
Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support
your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error
with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with
opposite of Love, called hate.
topic: GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR
The userper of Spirit's creation, called self-creative matter.
topic: GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN
Rolf A. F.