Probing the unreality of matter

For the lesson titled "Matter" from March 14-20, 2011

This week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Matter,” probes a distinctive concept in Christian Science theology—the unreality of matter. A verse in Jeremiah shows how there can’t be room for matter in God’s universe: “Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord” (Jer. 23:24, citation 3). Science and Health takes the question one step further: “If Spirit is all and is everywhere, what and where is matter?” (p. 223, cit. 1). 

Each of the Lesson’s eight sections includes at least one question that guides the reader to an understanding of matter’s illusory nature. (For Mary Baker Eddy, the question and answer method was a favorite system of education.) Well then, what is it that we call matter? “Matter is neither a thing nor a person, but merely the objective supposition of Spirit’s opposite” (Science and Health, p. 287, cit. 6). And though human belief suggests that matter and Spirit can coexist, Science and Health states categorically, “Spirit can have no opposite” (p. 278, cit. 2). This Lesson nullifies every material claim of an opposite to Spirit.

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