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    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 im24perfectly 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 understood 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 immortal, 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.

Question. — What is the scientific statement of being?

9Answer. — 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 12Truth; 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 15man is not material; he is spiritual.

Question. — What is substance?

Answer. — Substance is that which is eternal and inca18pable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are Spiritual synonymssubstance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: “The substance of things hoped 21for, the evidence of things not seen.” Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a com24pound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.

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