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    When speaking of God’s children, not the children of men, Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you;” 30The kingdom withinthat is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God’s image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the per477477:1fect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour 3saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy. 6Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual. Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material.

9    Whatever is material is mortal. To the five corporeal senses, man appears to be matter and mind united; but Material body never God’s ideaChristian Science reveals man as the idea of 12God, and declares the corporeal senses to be mortal and erring illusions. Divine Science shows it to be impossible that a material body, though 15interwoven with matter’s highest stratum, misnamed mind, should be man, — the genuine and perfect man, the immortal idea of being, indestructible and eternal. 18Were it otherwise, man would be annihilated.

Question. — What are body and Soul?

Answer. — Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the re21flection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Reflection of SpiritLove. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not 24in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.

    Man is the expression of Soul. The Indians caught 27Man inseparable from Spiritsome glimpses of the underlying reality, when they called a certain beautiful lake “the smile of the Great Spirit.” Separated from man, 30who expresses Soul, Spirit would be a nonentity; man, divorced from Spirit, would lose his entity. But there is, 478 478:1there can be, no such division, for man is coexistent with God.

3    What evidence of Soul or of immortality have you within mortality? Even according to the teachings of A vacant domicilenatural science, man has never beheld Spirit 6 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 9the 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 12even visible through the windows? Who can see a soul in the body?

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