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

page 467


   The Scriptures inform us that "the soul that sinneth,
it shall die."  Here soul means sense and organic life; and

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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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