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    In one sense God is identical with nature, but this na18ture is spiritual and is not expressed in matter. The lawGod and naturegiver, whose lightning palsies or prostrates in death the child at prayer, is not the divine ideal 21of omnipresent Love. God is natural good, and is represented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature 24of Spirit, God.

    In viewing the sunrise, one finds that it contradicts the evidence before the senses to believe that the earth 27The sun and Soulis in motion and the sun at rest. As astronomy reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system, so Christian Science re30verses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with man, who is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it 120 120:1seems otherwise to finite sense. But we shall never understand this while we admit that soul is in body or mind in 3matter, and that man is included in non-intelligence. Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God’s 6image.

    Science reverses the false testimony of the physical senses, and by this reversal mortals arrive at the funda9Reversal of testimonymental facts of being. Then the question inevitably arises: Is a man sick if the material senses indicate that he is in good health? No! for matter 12can make no conditions for man. And is he well if the senses say he is sick? Yes, he is well in Science in which health is normal and disease is abnormal.

15    Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subHealth and the sensesject of health. The Science of Mind-healing 18shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man. Therefore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testi21mony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows 24false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.

    Any conclusion pro or con, deduced from supposed sensation in matter or from matter’s supposed consciousness 27of health or disease, instead of reversing the testimony of the physical senses, confirms that testimony as legitimate and so leads to disease.

30    When Columbus gave freer breath to the Historic illustrations globe, ignorance and superstition chained the limbs of the brave old navigator, and disgrace and star121121:1vation stared him in the face; but sterner still would have been his fate, if his discovery had undermined the favor3ite inclinations of a sensuous philosophy.

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