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For the Lesson titled "Soul and Body" from November 12 - 18, 2012
Consider the title of this week’s Bible Lesson, “Soul and Body.” Notice that it is not titled “Soul in Body”! Here is an important distinction in Christian Science that is highlighted in this statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man” (p. 467, citation 25).
The Lesson builds on Mrs. Eddy’s answer to the question “What are body and Soul?” in Science and Health, which states: “Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit” (p. 477, cit. 1). Each section looks at this answer in more depth—illustrating how our true identity (Section II), substance (Section III), life (Section IV), and intelligence (Section V) are not in a material body but are expressions of Soul, God. And Section VI crowns the Lesson with further inspiration about man as the reflection of Soul.
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Kathleen "Kat" Collins is a Christian Science nurse and has a master's degree in Bible studies.
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