The Real Body or Temple

Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians (6:19), "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God?" Paul had a very different concept of body from the commonly accepted one of his day and ours. He recognized the spiritual identity of man as "the temple of the Holy Ghost." as an individualized embodiment or expression of the perfect, universal Mind. In "temple," Paul saw a structure of holy ideas. By declaring these to be the real substance of man, the apostle opened the way for a clearer understanding of the healing Principle which the Master demonstrated.

On page 595 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, defines "temple" in part as "body; the idea of Life, substance, and intelligence;" and on page 588 she defines "Holy Ghost" as "divine Science." Thus Paul's query, as illumined by Christian Science, becomes a definite statement that man's body is "the idea of Life, substance, and intelligence," individually expressing divine Science. How far removed is this definition from the unhappy, discordant, material concept which mortals claim as their body!

Joyous Inseparability
November 30, 1946

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