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489:1    The less mind there is manifested in matter the better. When the unthinking lobster loses its claw, the claw grows 3Possibilities of Lifeagain. If the Science of Life were understood, it would be found that the senses of Mind are never lost and that matter has no sensation. Then the 6human limb would be replaced as readily as the lobster’s claw, — not with an artificial limb, but with the genuine one. Any hypothesis which supposes life to be in matter 9is an educated belief. In infancy this belief is not equal to guiding the hand to the mouth; and as consciousness develops, this belief goes out, — yields to the reality of 12everlasting Life.

    Corporeal sense defrauds and lies; it breaks all the commands of the Mosaic Decalogue to meet its own de15Decalogue disregardedmands. How then can this sense be the God-given channel to man of divine blessings or understanding? How can man, reflecting God, be de18pendent on material means for knowing, hearing, seeing? Who dares to say that the senses of man can be at one time the medium for sinning against God, at another the me21dium for obeying God? An affirmative reply would contradict the Scripture, for the same fountain sendeth not forth sweet waters and bitter.

24    The corporeal senses are the only source of evil or error. Christian Science shows them to be false, beOrganic construction valuelesscause matter has no sensation, and no organic 27construction can give it hearing and sight nor make it the medium of Mind. Outside the material sense of things, all is harmony. A wrong sense 30of God, man, and creation is non-sense, want of sense. Mortal belief would have the material senses sometimes good and sometimes bad. It assures mortals that there 490 490:1is real pleasure in sin; but the grand truths of Christian Science dispute this error.

3    Will-power is but a product of belief, and this belief commits depredations on harmony. Human will is an Will-power an animal propensityanimal propensity, not a faculty of Soul. 6Hence it cannot govern man aright. Christian Science reveals Truth and Love as the motive-powers of man. Will — blind, stubborn, and head9long — cooperates with appetite and passion. From this cooperation arises its evil. From this also comes its powerlessness, since all power belongs to God, good.

12    The Science of Mind needs to be understood. Until it is understood, mortals are more or less deprived of Theories helplessTruth. Human theories are helpless to make 15man harmonious or immortal, since he is so already, according to Christian Science. Our only need is to know this and reduce to practice the real man’s di18vine Principle, Love.

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