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12    Miracles are impossible in Science, and here Science takes issue with popular religions. The scientific maniNatural wondersfestation of power is from the divine nature 15and is not supernatural, since Science is an explication of nature. The belief that the universe, including man, is governed in general by material laws, but 18that occasionally Spirit sets aside these laws, — this belief belittles omnipotent wisdom, and gives to matter the precedence over Spirit.

21    It is contrary to Christian Science to suppose that life is either material or organically spiritual. Between Conflicting standpointsChristian Science and all forms of superstition 24a great gulf is fixed, as impassable as that between Dives and Lazarus. There is mortal mind-reading and immortal Mind-reading. The latter is a revelation 27of divine purpose through spiritual understanding, by which man gains the divine Principle and explanation of all things. Mortal mind-reading and immortal Mind-30reading are distinctly opposite standpoints, from which cause and effect are interpreted. The act of reading mortal mind investigates and touches only human beliefs. 84 84:1Science is immortal and coordinate neither with the premises nor with the conclusions of mortal beliefs.

3    The ancient prophets gained their foresight from a spiritual, incorporeal standpoint, not by foreshadowing Scientific foreseeingevil and mistaking fact for fiction, — predict6ing the future from a groundwork of corporeality and human belief. When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in harmony with the truth of being, men 9become seers and prophets involuntarily, controlled not by demons, spirits, or demigods, but by the one Spirit. It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and 12of thought which is in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future.

    Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to 15commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, — yea, to reach the range of fetter18less Mind.

    To understand that Mind is infinite, not bounded by corporeality, not dependent upon the ear and eye for 21The Mind unboundedsound or sight nor upon muscles and bones for locomotion, is a step towards the Mind-science by which we discern man’s nature and existence. 24This true conception of being destroys the belief of spiritualism at its very inception, for without the concession of material personalities called spirits, spiritualism has no 27basis upon which to build.

    All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian 30Scientific foreknowingScience. If this Science has been thoroughly learned and properly digested, we can know the truth more accurately than the astronomer can read 85 85:1the stars or calculate an eclipse. This Mind-reading is the opposite of clairvoyance. It is the illumination of 3the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the 6divine Mind.

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