SPIRIT AND MATTER

In his interview with Nicodemus, Christ Jesus made a distinct separation between Spirit and matter. He said (John 3:6), "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." He also declared that no one could enter the kingdom of God unless he was reborn—"born of water and of the Spirit." That is, he must attain a new sense of himself as spiritual through a moral and spiritual cleansing.

Nicodemus had evidently come to Jesus to find how he might accomplish such miracles as the Master performed. Jesus' explanation implied profound truths which his followers little understood until Mary Baker Eddy's discovery of Christian Science. Jesus taught, for one thing, that Spirit, or God, is not the creator of flesh. Since the understanding of this fact heals, the opposite belief, that Spirit makes flesh, must be a seeming cause of disease. And Mrs. Eddy, who healed with great authority and whose discovery has taught countless others to heal, in speaking of idolatry, says (The People's Idea of God, p. 4), "Sin, sickness, and death originated in the belief that Spirit materialized into a body, infinity became finity, or man, and the eternal entered the temporal."

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