No and Yes, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

IS MAN A PERSON?
page 465


IS MAN A PERSON?



   Man is more than physical personality, or what we cognize
through the material senses.  Mind is more than matter,
even as the infinite idea of Truth is beyond a finite
belief.  Man outlives finite mortal definitions of himself,
according to a law of "the survival of the fittest."  Man is
the eternal idea of his divine Principle, or Father.  He is
neither matter nor a mode of mortal mind, for he is spiritual
and eternal, an immortal mode of the divine Mind.
Man is the image and likeness of God, coexistent and
coeternal with Him.
   Man is not absorbed in Deity; for he is forever individual;
but what this everlasting individuality is, remains to
be learned.  Mortals have not seen it.  That which is born
of the flesh is not man's eternal identity.  Spiritual and
immortal man alone is God's likeness, and that which is
mortal is not man in a spiritually scientific sense.  A
material, sinful mortal is but the counterfeit of immortal
man.

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   The mind-quacks believe that mortal man is identical
with immortal man, and that the immortal is inside the
mortal; that good and evil blend; that matter and Spirit
are one; and that Soul, or Spirit, is subdivided into spirits,
or souls, - alias gods.  This infantile talk about Mind-healing
is no more identical with Christian Science than
the babe is identical with the adult, or the human belief
resembles the divine idea.  Hence it is impossible for those
holding such material and mortal views to demonstrate
my metaphysics.  Theirs is the sensuous thought, which
brings forth its own sensuous conception.  Mine is the
spiritual idea which transfigures thought.
   All real being represents God, and is in Him.  In this
Science of being, man can no more relapse or collapse
from perfection, than his divine Principle, or Father, can
fall out of Himself into something below infinitude.  Man's
real ego, or selfhood, is goodness.  If man's individuality
were evil, he would be annihilated, for evil is self-destroying.
   Man's individual being must reflect the supreme individual
Being, to be His image and likeness; and this
individuality never originated in molecule, corpuscle, materiality,
or mortality.  God holds man in the eternal
bonds of Science, - in the immutable harmony of divine
law.  Man is a celestial; and in the spiritual universe
he is forever individual and forever harmonious.  "If
God so clothe the grass of the field, . . . shall He not
much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?"
   Sin must be obsolete, - dust returning to dust, nothingness

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to nothingness.  Sin is not Mind; it is but the supposition
that there is more than one Mind.  It issues
a false claim; and the claim, being worthless, is in reality
no claim whatever.  Matter is not Mind, to claim aught;
but Mind is God, and evil finds no place in good.  When
we get near enough to God to see this, the springtide
of Truth in Christian Science will burst upon us in the
similitude of the Apocalyptic pictures.  No night will be
there, and there will be no more sea.  There will be no
need of the sun, for Spirit will be the light of the city, and
matter will be proved a myth.  Until centuries pass, and
this vision of Truth is fully interpreted by divine Science,
this prophecy will be scoffed at; but it is just as veritable
now as it can be then.  Science, divine Science, presents
the grand and eternal verities of God and man as the
divine Mind and that Mind's idea.

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