Science and Health
by Mary Baker Glover
Chapter IV - Creation


of God is the idea given of him in the harmonious
universe, and the male and female formed by Him.
The reflection of an object is by no means the opposite
of that object, and we cannot fail to see material man
does not reflect Spirit, nor the finite, the Infinite;
therefore material and finite man is not the image and
reflex shadow of God. Intelligence is Substance, and
nothing can hold or embrace Intelligence, because it
embraces in itself all things. Soul is outside of matter,
and not a person but Principle; unlimited and infinite,
beyond all boundaries, it is not pent up in person or
man. Intelligence repels error and attracts Truth;
holds the universe in space; is diffusive, and extends
through all extent. There is but one Principle and its
idea, hence, the oneness of God and Soul, and the
brotherhood of man; this idea is named man, it has
infinite expressions, all of which are members of the
body of Christ, Truth, the Intelligence outside of matter.
Principle is expressed in one entirety or full idea.
Take the microscope of Spirit to discern animism, and
then only can you comprehend the generic term, man.
The compound idea named man, is unintelligent; it is a
lifeless image and reflection of Principle, or Soul, which
is the Life, Intelligence, and Substance of this idea. A
belief of matter separates man from God, and from his
fellow-man. The science of being gives harmony to
man. Loving God supremely is simply admitting Soul
above sense in all things, and loving our neighbor as
ourself, because, all have but one Soul, and should
recognize themselves Soul, and not personal sense.
Understanding ourself and neighbor one in Principle,
we shall hold no divided interests, and find it good to
keep the two commandments that our Master said out-
weighed all sacrifices and burnt offerings, religious rites
and ceremonies, and fulfilled the prophecies, ushering
in the reign of harmony that is to come on earth, even
as in heaven. To love God supremely is to hold no In-
telligence in matter, neither pleasure nor pain in the
body. Truth, Life, and Love, are not in their idea, but
are the Principle of this idea; are not in man, but are
God, outside of man. This science of being alone en-
ables us to love God with all the heart, and our neighbor
as ourself. To reach its harmony, we must look away
from the supposed Life of matter, and find happiness
in Soul and not sense. Man is not distorted into shock-
ing dimensions, because he is the infinite idea, nor is he
but a solitary thought, disembodied and alone. When
realizing Life as it is, namely, Soul, not sense, or the
personal man, we shall expand into Truth and self-com-
pleteness that embrace all things, and need communion
with nothing more than itself, to find them all. But
this statement of Soul and body, or God and man, we
shall understand, only in proportion as we lay up our
treasures in heaven, and not on earth; that is, in Spirit,
and not matter, and approach the broader interpretation
of being, where we gain the glorious consciousness and
proof of Life and happiness. The sensuous and ma-
terial man is slow to gather this meaning. Constantly
looking away from the body to the good and true, we
shall gravitate towards Spirit and immortality; but ever
referring to the body, talking and supposing inces-
santly, some pain or pleaures there, we shall never be-
come harmonious, but return, "like the sow to her wal-
lowing," and "the dog to his vomit." The freedom or
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