The Christian Scientist progresses as he learns to view all creation from the basis of spiritual perfection. Mary Baker Eddy writes (Unity of Good, p. 41), "All Life is Spirit, and Spirit can never dwell in its antagonist, matter." And she adds, "In Christian Science there is no matter; hence matter neither lives nor dies."

These statements are corroborated by Jesus' words and works. He spoke of himself as the Son of God, Spirit, not as the son of material parents. He referred to his eternal unity with God and told his critics that he had lived before Abraham. He admonished his followers to be perfect as God is perfect.

In a letter to Mrs. Eddy, a Christian Scientist referred to our Leader a question which had arisen between herself and a friend regarding the subject of existence. This woman had told her friend that after coming to the truth she had ceased thinking of herself as living in the flesh and found herself to be an immortal idea of Spirit, of divine Mind, in whom she lived. Our Leader told this woman that she was correct in thinking of herself as an idea of Spirit. She wrote to her (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 242): "You can never demonstrate spirituality until you declare yourself to be immortal and understand that you are so. Christian Science is absolute; it is neither behind the point of perfection nor advancing towards it; it is at this point and must be practised therefrom."

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