Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
The term souls or spirits is as improper as the term gods. Soul or Spirit signifies Deity and nothing else. 21Mankind redeemedThere is no finite soul nor spirit. Soul or Spirit means only one Mind, and cannot be rendered in the plural. Heathen mythology and Jewish 24theology have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence, soul, and life can be in matter; and idolatry and ritualism are the outcome of all man-made beliefs. The Science 27of Christianity comes with fan in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and 30its divine Principle, making mankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.
3Answer. — The first demand of this Science is, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This me is Spirit. Two chief commandsTherefore the command means this: Thou shalt 6have 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.” 9It 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 12becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brother‐hood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide 15him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, hav‐ing that Mind which was also in Christ.
Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and 18God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater Soul not confined in bodycannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that 21works 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 im‐24perfectly 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 27the 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, 30Sinlessness of Mind, Soulwe begin with Mind, which must be under‐stood through the idea which expresses it and cannot be learned from its opposite, matter. Thus we 468 468:1arrive at Truth, or intelligence, which evolves its own unerring idea and never can be coordinate with human 3illusions. If Soul sinned, it would be mortal, for sin is mortality’s self, because it kills itself. If Truth is im‐mortal, error must be mortal, because error is unlike 6Truth. Because Soul is immortal, Soul cannot sin, for sin is not the eternal verity of being.