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26:1    The mind-quacks believe that mortal man is identical with immortal man, and that the immortal is inside the 3mortal; that good and evil blend; that matter and Spirit are one; and that Soul, or Spirit, is subdivided into spirits, or souls, — alias gods. This infantile talk about Mind-6healing is no more identical with Christian Science than the babe is identical with the adult, or the human belief resembles the divine idea. Hence it is impossible for those 9holding such material and mortal views to demonstrate my metaphysics. Theirs is the sensuous thought, which brings forth its own sensuous conception. Mine is the 12spiritual idea which transfigures thought.

    All real being represents God, and is in Him. In this Science of being, man can no more relapse or collapse 15from perfection, than his divine Principle, or Father, can fall out of Himself into something below infinitude. Man’s real ego, or selfhood, is goodness. If man’s individuality 18were evil, he would be annihilated, for evil is self-destroying.

    Man’s individual being must reflect the supreme individual Being, to be His image and likeness; and this 21individuality never originated in molecule, corpuscle, materiality, or mortality. God holds man in the eternal bonds of Science, — in the immutable harmony of divine 24law. Man is a celestial; and in the spiritual universe he is forever individual and forever harmonious. “If God so clothe the grass of the field, . . . shall He not 27much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

    Sin must be obsolete, — dust returning to dust, noth2727:1ingness to nothingness. Sin is not Mind; it is but the supposition that there is more than one Mind. It issues 3a false claim; and the claim, being worthless, is in reality no claim whatever. Matter is not Mind, to claim aught; but Mind is God, and evil finds no place in good. When 6we get near enough to God to see this, the springtide of Truth in Christian Science will burst upon us in the similitude of the Apocalyptic pictures. No night will be 9there, and there will be no more sea. There will be no need of the sun, for Spirit will be the light of the city, and matter will be proved a myth. Until centuries pass, and 12this vision of Truth is fully interpreted by divine Science, this prophecy will be scoffed at; but it is just as veritable now as it can be then. Science, divine Science, presents 15the grand and eternal verities of God and man as the divine Mind and that Mind’s idea.

    Mortal man is the antipode of immortal man, and the 18two should not be confounded. Bishop Foster said, in a lecture in Boston, “No man living hath yet seen man.” This material sinful personality, which we misname man, 21is what St. Paul terms “the old man and his deeds,” to be “put off.”

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