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    Mortal mind is a myth; the one Mind is immortal. A mythical or mortal sense of existence is consumed 27as a moth, in the treacherous glare of its own flame —  the errors which devour it. Immortal Mind is God, immortal good; in whom the Scripture saith “we live, 30and move, and have our being.” This Mind, then, is not subject to growth, change, or diminution, but is the divine 83 83:1intelligence, or Principle, of all real being; holding man forever in the rhythmic round of unfolding bliss, 3as a living witness to and perpetual idea of inexhaustible good.

    In your book, Science and Health,1 page 181, you 6say: “Every sin is the author of itself, and every invalid the cause of his own sufferings.” On page 182 you say: “Sickness is a growth of illusion, spring9ing from a seed of thought, — either your own thought or another’s.” Will you please explain this seeming contradiction?

12    No person can accept another’s belief, except it be with the consent of his own belief. If the error which knocks at the door of your own thought originated in 15another’s mind, you are a free moral agent to reject or to accept this error; hence, you are the arbiter of your own fate, and sin is the author of sin. In the words 18of our Master, you are “a liar, and the father of it [the lie].”

    Why did Jesus call himself “the Son of man”?

21    In the life of our Lord, meekness was as conspicuous as might. In John xvii. he declared his sonship with God: “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his 24eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee.” The hour had come for the avowal of this great truth, 27and for the proof of his eternal Life and sonship. Jesus’ 84 84:1wisdom ofttimes was shown by his forbearing to speak, as well as by speaking, the whole truth. Haply he waited 3for a preparation of the human heart to receive startling announcements. This wisdom, which characterized his sayings, did not prophesy his death, and thereby 6hasten or permit it.      1Quoted from the sixteenth edition.

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