RECAPITULATION - group 3 (chapter 14 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy)

 'RECAPITULATION'
Group 3
Rolf A. F. Witzsche
July 2010


 

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This page presents the two recapitulation statements (questions and answers) that pertain to the selected group from the chapter RECAPITULATION of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. To the statements the applicable part of the glossary definition for the term ADAM is added, and the applicable Bible Lesson topic.

    Question 5. 

- What are the demands of the Science of Soul?
 
      Answer. -
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Two chief commands)
      The first demand of this Science is, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual. The second is like unto it, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.

     
Soul not confined in body
      Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter. We reason imperfectly from effect to cause, when we conclude that matter is the effect of Spirit; but a priori reasoning shows material existence to be enigmatical. Spirit gives the true mental idea. We cannot interpret Spirit, Mind, through matter. Matter neither sees, hears, nor feels.

      Reasoning from cause to effect in the Science of Mind, we begin with Mind, which must be understood through the idea which expresses it and cannot be learned from its opposite, matter. Thus we arrive at Truth, or intelligence, which evolves its own unerring idea and never can be coordinate with human illusions. If Soul sinned, it would be mortal, for sin is mortality's self, because it kills itself. If Truth is immortal, error must be mortal, because error is unlike Truth. Because Soul is immortal, Soul cannot sin, for sin is not the eternal verity of being.

    
Adam: The opposite of good,--of God and His creation.
     
Lesson topic: LOVE


       Question 6. 

- What is the scientific statement of being?   

      Answer. - There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.

   Adam: A curse
      Lesson topic: SPIRIT

Rolf A. F. Witzsche

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