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    Material man is made up of involuntary and voluntary error, of a negative right and a positive wrong, the latter 9Man linked with Spiritcalling itself right. Man’s spiritual individuality is never wrong. It is the likeness of man’s Maker. Matter cannot connect mortals with the true 12origin and facts of being, in which all must end. It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and 15find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.

    The belief that matter and mind are one, — that mat18ter is awake at one time and asleep at another, someMaterial man as a dreamtimes presenting no appearance of mind, — this belief culminates in another belief, that 21man dies. Science reveals material man as never the real being. The dream or belief goes on, whether our eyes are closed or open. In sleep, memory and consciousness are 24lost from the body, and they wander whither they will apparently with their own separate embodiment. Personality is not the individuality of man. A wicked man 27may have an attractive personality.

    When we are awake, we dream of the pains and pleasSpiritual existence the one factures of matter. Who will say, even though he 30does not understand Christian Science, that this dream — rather than the dreamer — may not be mortal man? Who can rationally say otherwise, 492 492:1when the dream leaves mortal man intact in body and thought, although the so-called dreamer is unconscious? 3For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence. In reality there is no other existence, since Life cannot be united to its 6unlikeness, mortality.

    Being is holiness, harmony, immortality. It is already proved that a knowledge of this, even in small degree, 9Mind one and allwill uplift the physical and moral standard of mortals, will increase longevity, will purify and elevate character. Thus progress will finally destroy 12all error, and bring immortality to light. We know that a statement proved to be good must be correct. New thoughts are constantly obtaining the floor. These two 15contradictory theories — that matter is something, or that all is Mind — will dispute the ground, until one is acknowledged to be the victor. Discussing his cam18paign, General Grant said: “I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.” Science says: All is Mind and Mind’s idea. You must fight it out on this 21line. Matter can afford you no aid.

    The notion that mind and matter commingle in the human illusion as to sin, sickness, and death must even24Scientific ultimatumtually submit to the Science of Mind, which denies this notion. God is Mind, and God is infinite; hence all is Mind. On this statement rests the 27Science of being, and the Principle of this Science is divine, demonstrating harmony and immortality.

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