What are body and Soul?
Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the
reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is
the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but
not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.
inseperable from Spirit
Man is the expression of Soul. The Indians
caught some glimpses of the underlying reality, when they called a certain
beautiful lake "the smile of the Great Spirit." Separated from
man, who expresses Soul, Spirit would be a nonentity; man, divorced from
Spirit, would lose his entity. But there is, there can be, no such
division, for man is coexistent with God.
What evidence of Soul or of immortality
have you within mortality? Even according to the teachings of natural
science, man has never beheld Spirit or Soul leaving a body or entering
it. What basis is there for the theory of indwelling spirit, except the
claim of mortal belief? What would be thought of the declaration that a
house was inhabited, and by a certain class of persons, when no such
persons were ever seen to go into the house or to come out of it, nor were
they even visible through the windows? Who can see a soul in the body?
Adam: A co-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making
"gods many and lords many" -
I Corinthians viii. 5
Lesson topic: ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?
Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
No, not if God is true and mortal man a
liar. The assertion that there can be pain or pleasure in matter is
erroneous. That body is most harmonious in which the discharge of the
natural functions is least noticeable. How can intelligence dwell in
matter when matter is non-intelligent and brain-lobes cannot think? Matter
cannot perform the functions of Mind. Error says, "I am man;"
but this belief is mortal and far from actual. From beginning to end,
whatever is mortal is composed of material human beliefs and of nothing
else. That only is real which reflects God. St. Paul said, "But when
it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by
His grace, . . . I conferred not with flesh and blood."
man is really a self-contradictory phrase, for man is not
mortal, "neither indeed can be;" man is immortal. If a child is
the offspring of physical sense and not of Soul, the child must have a
material, not a spiritual origin. With what truth, then, could the
Scriptural rejoicing be uttered by any mother, "I have gotten a man
from the Lord"? On the contrary, if aught comes from God, it cannot
be mortal and material; it must be immortal and spiritual.
Matter is neither self-existent nor a
product of Spirit. An image of mortal thought, reflected on the retina, is
all that the eye beholds. Matter cannot see, feel, hear, taste, nor smell.
It is not self-cognizant, - cannot feel itself, see itself, nor understand
itself. Take away so-called mortal mind, which constitutes matter's
supposed selfhood, and matter can take no cognizance of matter. Does that
which we call dead ever see, hear, feel, or use any of the physical
"In the beginning God created the
heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and
darkness was upon the face of the deep." (Genesis i. 1, 2.) In the
vast forever, in the Science and truth of being, the only facts are Spirit
and its innumerable creations. Darkness and chaos are the imaginary
opposites of light, understanding, and eternal harmony, and they are the
elements of nothingness.
We admit that black is not a color, because
it reflects no light. So evil should be denied identity or power, because
it has none of the divine hues. Paul says: "For the invisible things
of Him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood
by the things that are made." (Romans i. 20.) When the substance of
Spirit appears in Christian Science, the nothingness of matter is
recognized. Where the spirit of God is, and there is no place where God is
not, evil becomes nothing, - the opposite of the something of Spirit. If
there is no spiritual reflection, then there remains only the darkness of
vacuity and not a trace of heavenly tints.
Harmony from Spirit
Nerves are an element of the belief that
there is sensation in matter, whereas matter is devoid of sensation.
Consciousness, as well as action, is governed by Mind, - is in God, the
origin and governor of all that Science reveals. Material sense has its
realm apart from Science in the unreal. Harmonious action proceeds from
Spirit, God. Inharmony has no Principle; its action is erroneous and
presupposes man to be in matter. Inharmony would make matter the cause as
well as the effect of intelligence, or Soul, thus attempting to separate
Mind from God.
Man is not God, and God is not man. Again,
God, or good, never made man capable of sin. It is the opposite of good -
that is, evil - which seems to make men capable of wrong-doing. Hence,
evil is but an illusion, and it has no real basis. Evil is a false belief.
God is not its author. The supposititious parent of evil is a lie.
The Bible declares: "All things were
made by Him the divine Word]; and without Him was not anything made that
was made." This is the eternal verity of divine Science. If sin,
sickness, and death were understood as nothingness, they would disappear.
As vapor melts before the sun, so evil would vanish before the reality of
good. One must hide the other. How important, then, to choose good as the
reality! Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God's being
is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. "Where the Spirit
of the Lord is, there is liberty." Like the archpriests of yore, man
is free "to enter into the holiest," - the realm of God.
Material sense never helps mortals to
understand Spirit, God. Through spiritual sense only, man comprehends and
loves Deity. The various contradictions of the Science of Mind by the
material senses do not change the unseen Truth, which remains forever
intact. The forbidden fruit of knowledge, against which wisdom warns man,
is the testimony of error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of
death, and good and evil to be capable of commingling. This is the
significance of the Scripture concerning this "tree of the knowledge
of good and evil," - this growth of material belief, of which it is
said: "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely
die." Human hypotheses first assume the reality of sickness, sin, and
death, and then assume the necessity of these evils because of their
admitted actuality. These human verdicts are the procurers of all discord.
and pure Soul
If Soul sins, it must be mortal. Sin has
the elements of self-destruction. It cannot sustain itself. If sin is
supported, God must uphold it, and this is impossible, since Truth cannot
support error. Soul is the divine Principle of man and never sins, - hence
the immortality of Soul. In Science we learn that it is material sense,
not Soul, which sins; and it will be found that it is the sense of sin
which is lost, and not a sinful soul. When reading the Scriptures, the
substitution of the word sense
for soul gives the
exact meaning in a majority of cases.
Human thought has adulterated the meaning
of the word soul
through the hypothesis that soul is both an evil and a good intelligence,
resident in matter. The proper use of the word soul
can always be gained by substituting the word God,
where the deific meaning is required. In other cases, use the word sense,
and you will have the scientific signification. As used in Christian
Science, Soul is properly the synonym of Spirit, or God; but out of
Science, soul is identical with sense, with material sensation.
A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Lesson topic: DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT
Rolf A. F.