Science and Health
by Mary Baker Glover
Chapter II - Imposition and Demonstration


A suffering, sinning, and dying condition such as
must ever remain while the belief of Soul in body and
Intelligence in man or matter remains, cannot be pref-
erable to the sinless joy and perfect harmony that a
recognition of Life, as Spirit, possessing all beauty and
good, without a single demand pleasure, or pain of body
confers; why so many called "spiritualists" are very
gross materialists is because they make personality Spirit
and the only conscious existence, and rejecting a per-
sonal God, make a God of persons, which is equally
fatal to the science of being; persons called "spirits,"
instead of Principle that is Spirit and Truth, are their
trust, while a belief in "spirits" belongs to the darker
ages, and is demonology. There is but one Spirit, viz.,
God, Truth; in other words, Wisdom, Life, and Love;
and nothing is real but what is good or the idea of
goodness; evil has neither identity nor individuality,
having no Principle.
Charles Sumner was a great man, because of his un-
swerving adherence to right; he had, more than others,
the true idea, and less than others, the beliefs of man.
His professions were few, his acts colossal, his might
was mind; not person but Principle, not man but God.
Science never caused a retrograde step in being, or a
return to positions outgrown, or that Truth has de-
stroyed. To admit the so-called dead and living com-
mune together, is to decide the unfitness of both for
their separate positions, and that a mistake occurs when
a man dies to sense or lives to Soul. Any supposed
midway between Life outside of matter, or in it, is a
myth. We should either see the so-called dead, mate-
rially, or they should be advanced beyond our sight.
Conservatism never was right, absolute Truth is all that
is right, and absolute error is easier made right than a
half-way position. Mediumship assigns to their dead a
condition worse than blighted buds or mortal mildew,
even a poor purgatory where one's chances for some-
thing narrow into nothing, or they must return to the
old stand-points of matter.
"He is not dead but sleepeth." Jesus knew Lazarus
was in the dream of a midway condition when Truth
wakened him; if we could do this, we might claim his
spirituality. Until the imaginary connection between
the so-called dead, named "spirits," and those supposed
to be living in matter is destroyed, mortal man is not
dead, only changed, for the immortal is not gained, and
belief can gather itself on the wrong side of the ques-
tion, and continue the old conclusion of Life in matter;
this, however, is far from the science of being. When
Life is really gained outside of matter, it is understood,
in which case the belief that Life was ever in the body
is gone and cannot be resurrected; our friends thus
advanced are Spirit, that never rose from dust and can
no more return to, or commune with matter than a
blossom can return to its bud.
The period required for the dream of Life in matter
embracing pleasures and pains of personal sense to van-
ish, "no man knoweth, not the son but the Father."
It will be of longer or shorter duration according to the
period of error, before the reality of being is understood
and eternal Life won. What advantage then would it
be to us, or the departed, to prolong this state, by
prolonging the belief of Life in matter.
There is not as much evidence of intercommunion
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