It is very generally admitted by thinking people that Spirit and the flesh are opposites, and that they are exclusive the one of the other. Here it may be said that throughout the Scriptures the flesh represents what we are accustomed to speak of as matter, and this will explain Mrs. Eddy's insistence that good can never be predicated of matter. Did not Paul say in his epistle to the Romans, "I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing"? We need not, therefore, wonder when he says, "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." He does not, however, leave us to the despair which might come to us with such a pronouncement, for he immediately adds, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you."

Those who come to Christian Science for healing soon feel the necessity for a deeper acquaintance with this infinite subject of Spirit and spiritual things. They also find that the fleshly mind, termed in Christian Science mortal mind, objects greatly to being ruled out by the declarations of divine Science, so it contends for the substantiality of matter, failing to see that by this contention it only rivets more firmly upon the victims of material belief the fetters of sin, disease, and death. Christian Science, however, leaves us in no doubt as to the fact that if we would realize and express the freedom which Christ Jesus offered to humanity it must be by knowing the truth, that is, the truth which declares the allness of Spirit and spiritual law and the nothingness of belief in matter and its supposed laws.

Pursuit of Happiness
November 2, 1918

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