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27    Because he understood the superiority and immortality of good, Socrates feared not the hemlock poison. Faith of SocratesEven the faith of his philosophy spurned phys30ical timidity. Having sought man’s spiritual state, he recognized the immortality of man. The ignorance and malice of the age would have killed the vener216216:1able philosopher because of his faith in Soul and his indifference to the body.

3    Who shall say that man is alive to-day, but may be dead to-morrow? What has touched Life, God, to such The serpent of errorstrange issues? Here theories cease, and Sci6ence unveils the mystery and solves the problem of man. Error bites the heel of truth, but cannot kill truth. Truth bruises the head of error — destroys error. 9Spirituality lays open siege to materialism. On which side are we fighting?

    The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that 12there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to Servants and mastersdestroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense. This understand15ing makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., servants, instead of masters. If man is governed by the law of divine Mind, his body is in sub18mission to everlasting Life and Truth and Love. The great mistake of mortals is to suppose that man, God’s image and likeness, is both matter and Spirit, both good 21and evil.

    If the decision were left to the corporeal senses, evil would appear to be the master of good, and sickness to 24be the rule of existence, while health would seem the exception, death the inevitable, and life a paradox. Paul asked: “What concord hath Christ with Belial?” (2 Cor27inthians vi. 15.)

    When you say, “Man’s body is material,” I say with Paul: Be “willing rather to be absent from the body, 30Personal identityand to be present with the Lord.” Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its 217 217:1own likeness. The loss of man’s identity through the understanding which Science confers is impossible; and 3the notion of such a possibility is more absurd than to conclude that individual musical tones are lost in the origin of harmony.

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