Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The Man unfallenreal man cannot depart from holiness, nor 30can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin. A mortal sinner is not 476 476:1God’s man. Mortals are the counterfeits of immortals. They are the children of the wicked one, or the one evil, 3which declares that man begins in dust or as a material embryo. In divine Science, God and the real man are inseparable as divine Principle and idea.
6 Error, urged to its final limits, is self-destroyed. Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life Mortals are not immortalsand intelligence are in matter, and that 9this matter is man. God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God. Hence man is not mortal nor material. Mortals will disappear, and im‐12mortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man. Mortals are not fallen chil‐dren of God. They never had a perfect state of being, 15which may subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history, “conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity.” Mortality is finally swallowed 18up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must dis‐appear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.
21 Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the spiritual status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood. Imperishable identityRemember that the Scriptures say of mortal 24man: “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall 27know it no more.”
When speaking of God’s children, not the children of men, Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you;” 30The kingdom withinthat is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God’s image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the per‐477477:1fect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour 3saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy. 6Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual. Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material.
9 Whatever is material is mortal. To the five corporeal senses, man appears to be matter and mind united; but Material body never God’s ideaChristian Science reveals man as the idea of 12God, and declares the corporeal senses to be mortal and erring illusions. Divine Science shows it to be impossible that a material body, though 15interwoven with matter’s highest stratum, misnamed mind, should be man, — the genuine and perfect man, the immortal idea of being, indestructible and eternal. 18Were it otherwise, man would be annihilated.