"Life ... the infinite I AM"

In her book, "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 189), Mrs. Eddy says, "The Scriptures declare Life to be the infinite I AM,—not a dweller in matter." The sentence is an arresting one, riveting the attention as it does on two great facts, namely, that God, "the infinite I AM," is Life, and that Life is not in matter. Immediately after the words just quoted the reassuring statement occurs, "For man to know Life as it is, namely God, the eternal good, gives him not merely a sense of existence, but an accompanying consciousness of spiritual power that subordinates matter and destroys sin, disease, and death."

Now Christian Science gives the student the knowledge or understanding of God as Life and, consequently, and in the measure of his understanding, the power to subordinate matter and to overcome sin, sickness, and death. Christian Science declares that God is infinite as Spirit, Mind, or Life, and that, being infinite Spirit, nothing of an opposite nature exists as reality; or, in other words, that that which men call matter is unreal. Further, Christian Science maintains that since God, Spirit, is infinite Life, the manifestation of Life must be altogether spiritual.

Seizing Opportunities
March 30, 1929

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