Christian Science Bible Lessons
- Section 1 -
Here the original text declares plainly the spiritual fact of
being, even man's eternal and harmonious existence as image, idea,
instead of matter (however transcendental such a thought appears),
and avers that this fact is not forever to be humbled by the
belief that man is flesh and matter, for according to that error
man is mortal.
(Job, on the resurrection)
The one important interpretation of Scripture is the spiritual.
For example, the text, "In my flesh shall I see God," gives a
profound idea of the divine power to heal the ills of the flesh,
and encourages mortals to hope in Him who healeth all our diseases;
whereas this passage is continually quoted as if Job intended to
declare that even if disease and worms destroyed his body, yet in
the latter days he should stand in celestial perfection before
Elohim, still clad in material flesh, - an interpretation which is
just the opposite of the true, as may be seen by studying the book
of Job. As Paul says, in his first epistle to the Corinthians,
"Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God."
547:23-32 Chapter 15: Genesis
(True theory of the universe)
The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them
understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth
be gained. The true theory of the universe, including man, is not
in material history but in spiritual development. Inspired thought
relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the
universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.
It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts
humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith.
548:5 Chapter 15: Genesis
In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of
God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his