Science and Health
by Mary Baker Glover
Chapter III - Spirit and Matter


image and likeness of God; Christian perfection is won
on no other basis. In the scientific unity between Soul
and body, or God and man, Soul is not in body, but
man is embraced in Spirit, even as Principle contains
its idea and is controlled by it. Intelligence embraces
and governs the harmonious heavens and earth where
His "will is done."
Man controlled by Wisdom, Truth and Love has no
physical suffering, his body is harmonious; but the
belief of Soul in body and Spirit in matter is governed
alone by personal sense, by beliefs of sickness, sin and
death, doctrines, theories, etc., hence it is ever getting
wrong, and finally goes down, and this man is proved
mortal. The man of sense is instinct with lies, and is
the "old man to be put off" before God's idea the im-
mortal man is understood; as Paul has it, before the
"new man is put on." What the apostle called the
"new man," is what the science of being, so new to
the world of sense, will bring out when not strangled
by error and persecution.
Theories and doctrines that presuppose Soul in body,
and God in man, by grafting holiness into unholiness,
make sickness, sin and death Truth, or God error; giv-
ing the lie to science, and constituting a barren stereo-
typed belief, straining at gnats and swallowing camels.
Why man is not realized perfect, "even as his Father,"
his harmonious Principle "is perfect," is owing to
the belief an Intelligence other than God can direct
him away from Truth, Life and Love, when it is but
the error of personal sense that does this, and not an
intelligent evil; there is but one Intelligence, and this
is God.
Our beliefs of a supreme Being commence, saying,
He hath almighty power and is a present help in times
of trouble, and end with a drug or a rainy day superior
to Him; the understanding of God changes this position,
giving omnipotence to Spirit, and no power to matter.
Intelligence in matter would negative the omnipotence
of Spirit. Mortal error is at war with immortal Truth,
and is the sick, sinning and dying belief named mortal
man that saith, death is the master of Life.
Error abounds where Truth would much more
abound, were God understood, and the scientific rela-
tionship of Soul and body as Principle and Idea, and
the impossible union of Spirit and matter fully appre-
hended. Jesus said, "I and the Father are one," that
is, I am Soul and not body, Spirit and not matter,
hence there is but one Intelligence or Soul because
there is but one God; recollect "I" signifies God, and
not man; Principle, and not person; Spirit, and not
matter; and this is the science of Soul and body that
enables us to heal the sick on the Principle or Truth
of man; viz., that "in God we live, move and have
being"; Spirit and not matter holds the issues of Life.
The accusation most denunciatory to Jesus, the great
demonstrator of the science of being, was this: "He
maketh himself as God "; but this, also was the point
that made him all he was more than other men. When
this fundamental Truth is understood, it will be found
to induce not only more exalted worship, but self-abne-
gation, a higher spiritual apprehension of the supreme
Being, and the ability to bring out all the possibilities
of being; it destroys also the belief in matter, and
finds man in God; the mistaken opinion that Soul is in
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