No and Yes, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy
HAS MAN A SOUL?
HAS MAN A SOUL?
The Scriptures inform us that "the soul that sinneth,
it shall die." Here soul means sense and organic life; and
this passage refers to the Jewish law, that a mortal should
be put to death for his own sin, but not for another's.
Not Soul, but mortal sense, sins and dies. Immortal man
has immortal Soul and a deathless sense of being. Mortal
man has but a false sense of Soul and body. He believes
that Spirit, or Soul, exists in matter. This is pantheism,
and is not the Science of Soul. The mind-quacks have
so slight a knowledge of Soul that they believe material
and sinning sense to be soul; and then they doctor this
soul as if it were not even a material sense.
In Dr. Gordon's sermon on The Ministry of Healing,
he said, "The forgiven soul in a sick body is not half a
man." Is this pantheistic statement sound theology, -
that Soul is in matter, and the immortal part of man a
sinner? Is not this a disparagement of the person of man and
a denial of God's power? Better far that we impute such
doctrines to mortal opinion than to the divine Word.
To my sense, such a statement is a shocking reflection
on the divine power. A mortal pardoned by God is not
sick, he is made whole. He in whom sin, disease, and
death are destroyed, is more than a fraction of himself.
Such sermons, though clad in soft raiment, are spiritless
waifs, literary driftwood on the ocean of thought;
while Truth walks triumphantly over the waves of sin,
sickness, and death.
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