Christian Science Bible Lessons
- Section 2 -
Genesis ii. 7. And the Lord God [Jehovah] formed man of the
dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life; and man became a living soul.
Did the divine and infinite Principle become a finite deity,
that He should now be called Jehovah? With a single command, Mind
had made man, both male and female. How then could a material
organization become the basis of man? How could the
non-intelligent become the medium of Mind, and error be the
enunciator of Truth? Matter is not the reflection of Spirit, yet
God is reflected in all His creation. Is this addition to His
creation real or unreal? Is it the truth, or is it a lie
concerning man and God?
It must be a lie, for God presently curses the ground. Could
Spirit evolve its opposite, matter, and give matter ability to sin
and suffer? Is Spirit, God, injected into dust, and eventually
ejected at the demand of matter? Does Spirit enter dust, and lose
therein the divine nature and omnipotence? Does Mind, God, enter
matter to become there a mortal sinner, animated by the breath of
God? In this narrative, the validity of matter is opposed, not
the validity of Spirit or Spirit's creations.
122:29 Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine
(Ptolemaic and psychical error)
Our theories make the same mistake regarding Soul and body that
Ptolemy made regarding the solar system. They insist that soul is
in body and mind therefore tributary to matter. Astronomical
science has destroyed the false theory as to the relations of the
celestial bodies, and Christian Science will surely destroy the
greater error as to our terrestrial bodies. The true idea and
Principle of man will then appear. The Ptolemaic blunder could
not affect the harmony of being as does the error relating to soul
and body, which reverses the order of Science and assigns to
matter the power and prerogative of Spirit, so that man becomes the
most absolutely weak and inharmonious creature in the universe.
478:3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation
Question 15. - What are body and Soul?
ADAM = A so-called finite mind, producing other minds,
thus making "gods many and lords many." (I Corinthians viii. 5)
(A vacant domicile)
What evidence of Soul or of immortality have you within
mortality? Even according to the teachings of natural science,
man has never beheld Spirit or Soul leaving a body or entering it.
What basis is there for the theory of indwelling spirit, except
the claim of mortal belief? What would be thought of the
declaration that a house was inhabited, and by a certain class of
persons, when no such persons were ever seen to go into the house
or to come out of it, nor were they even visible through the
windows? Who can see a soul in the body?
309:24-26 Chapter 10: Science of Being
(Life never structural)
The Science of being shows it to be impossible for infinite
Spirit or Soul to be in a finite body or for man to have an
intelligence separate from his Maker.
300:23-27 Chapter 10: Science of Being
(The divine reflection)
Spirit is God, Soul; therefore Soul is not in matter. If Spirit
were in matter, God would have no representative, and matter would
be identical with God. The theory that soul, spirit, intelligence,
inhabits matter is taught by the schools.
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.