Spirit's Faculties are Indestructible

In the Glossary of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 594), Mrs. Eddy defines Spirit thus: "Spirit. Divine substance; Mind; divine Principle; all that is good; God; that only which is perfect, everlasting, omnipresent, omnipotent, infinite." A truly wonderful definition it is, and one which will repay the most careful study of every earnest student of Christian Science. Among other things, it brings out the facts that Spirit is the only real substance; that Spirit is permanent; and that Spirit is Mind.

Now, the spiritually unenlightened so-called human mind disputes these truths. It argues for the reality and substantiality of matter. It sweeps its material eye around and says it beholds innumerable material objects. It listens with its material ear and says it hears sounds which have a material cause. It puts out its material hand and touches with its material fingers, and gains what it believes to be a knowledge of material form. In this manner do the physical senses seem to equip mortals to argue for the reality of matter, creating for them a material creation. It is true that these same physical senses testify to change, decay, and imperfection, qualities having no status in Divine Being; but such may not even hint to the materialist that physical sense testimony is altogether unreliable.

Purpose and Inclination
May 10, 1924

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