Christian Science Bible Lessons
- Section 1 -
(-17- Infinite Spirit)
XVII. Spirit being God, there is but one Spirit, for there can
be but one infinite and therefore one God. There are neither
spirits many nor gods many. There is no evil in Spirit, because
God is Spirit. The theory, that Spirit is distinct from matter
but must pass through it, or into it, to be individualized, would
reduce God to dependency on matter, and establish a basis for
93:21-3 Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism
(Derivatives of spirit)
The belief that Spirit is finite as well as infinite has
darkened all history. In Christian Science, Spirit, as a proper
noun, is the name of the Supreme Being. It means quantity and
quality, and applies exclusively to God. The modifying
derivatives of the word spirit refer only to quality, not to
God. Man is spiritual. He is not God, Spirit. If man were
Spirit, then men would be spirits, gods. Finite spirit would be
mortal, and this is the error embodied in the belief that the
infinite can be contained in the finite. This belief tends to
becloud our apprehension of the kingdom of heaven and of the reign
of harmony in the Science of being.
Jesus taught but one God, one Spirit, who makes man in the image
and likeness of Himself, - of Spirit, not of matter.
467:17 Chapter 14: Recapitulation
Question 5. - What are the demands of the Science of Soul?
ADAM = The opposite of good, - of God and His creation.
(Soul not confined in body)
Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not
in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in the
lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an
error that works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of
Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not
confined in man, and is never in matter. We reason imperfectly
from effect to cause, when we conclude that matter is the effect
of Spirit; but a priori reasoning shows material existence to be
enigmatical. Spirit gives the true mental idea. We cannot
interpret Spirit, Mind, through matter. Matter neither sees,
hears, nor feels.
264:32 Chapter 9: Creation
The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, and its
government is divine Science. Man is the offspring, not of the
lowest, but of the highest qualities of Mind. Man understands
spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and
Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, their
affections and aims grow spiritual, - they must near the broader
interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the
infinite, - in order that sin and mortality may be put off.
264:15 Chapter 9: Creation
When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this
understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in
God, good, and needing no other consciousness.