Spirit is Substance

The teaching of Christian Science on the nature of true substance is very definite. Mrs. Eddy states it in language clear and unmistakable on pages 349 and 350 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." She writes: "In Christian Science, substance is understood to be Spirit, while the opponents of Christian Science believe substance to be matter. They think of matter as something and almost the only thing, and of the things which pertain to Spirit as next to nothing, or as very far removed from daily experience. Christian Science takes exacly the opposite view." That is precisely the position.

Christian Science radically reverses the generally accepted opinions of mortals, which are based on the evidence of material sense, and substitutes therefor the evidence of spiritual sense, which testifies to the reality of the things of Spirit,—spiritual ideas,—declaring that Spirit, God, and His ideas alone are true substance. In other words, Christian Science affirms that spiritual substance alone is real, and that what the great majority of men regard as substantial—namely, matter—is devoid of substance or reality. In doing so, it entirely sets at naught every particle of so-called material sense evidence, regarding it as false, illusory, intangible.

Now it will be apparent at once that this position is arrived at by taking for granted spiritual sense and that men are in possession of it, and furthermore, that spiritual sense alone can testify as to reality. Christian Science goes so far as to say that it is spiritual sense which has saved mankind from total destruction. Not only so, but that spiritual sense has raised the human race above the level of the beast, and is continuing to raise it, gradually but surely, above all the fallacies of material sense, giving men the mastery in every direction over so-called material law.

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Among the Churches
May 2, 1925

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