Understanding Soul

Many students of Christian Science indicate that of the seven synonyms for God commonly used in this Science, Soul is least understood. Why should this be so? What makes this aspect of God's nature more difficult to understand than the others?

For one thing Soul has much to do with the right idea of individuality and identity. And in human experience the material body and material sense seem to be the obvious and apparent way we recognize identity. Because corporeal sense is the counterfeit of Soul, its apparent presence tends to stand in the way of recognizing Soul as the substance of identity. It is necessary therefore to deny material sense and the belief of corporeality to gain a clearer idea of God as Soul. Mrs. Eddy says: "Man has an immortal Soul, a divine Principle, and an eternal being. Man has perpetual individuality; and God's laws, and their intelligent and harmonious action, constitute his individuality in the Science of Soul." No and Yes, p. 11;

One of the weekly Lesson-Sermons from the Christian Science Quarterly is entitled "Soul and Body." From a study of this subject we may learn the relationship between Soul and the true sense of identity. Body may be understood in its higher spiritual meaning as the expression of God's law. As one progressively understands the nature of divine Principle, he gains more distinct ideas of man as the flawless activity of Principle. We can learn these facts from the life and teachings of the Master, Christ Jesus.

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