SOUL'S EMBODIMENT

In her presentation of Christian Science Mary Baker Eddy frequently links Soul and body. And she says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 200), "Whoever is incompetent to explain Soul would be wise not to undertake the explanation of body." To begin with Soul in the explanation of body is to begin with consciousness, for Soul is the Principle of conscious individuality. Soul is God, the one infinite divine consciousness, and it emphasizes such characteristics as beauty, bliss, sinlessness, and immortality.

We sometimes speak humanly of a soulless individual, meaning one who is literal and materialistic, lacking in sensitiveness to beauty and goodness. Mortal man is soulless in that the corporeal senses which constitute him are not cognizant of spiritual substance. These senses are the embodiment of mortal mind, Soul's opposite, and have no relation to Mind's immortal conscious identities, which are the embodiment of Soul. For that reason the physical body is unreal, is simply the counterfeit of the real body, the spiritual identity which is man's. But human beings who cultivate and demonstrate spiritual sense approximate their spiritual self, whose senses originate in Soul.

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