Subject: Soul and body
Golden text: Genesis 1:14-15, ESV, copyright by Crossway Bibles
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.
And the word of the Lord of hosts came, saying, 2 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath. 3 Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain. 4 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age. 5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. 6 Thus says the Lord of hosts: If it is marvelous in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvelous in my sight, declares the Lord of hosts? 7 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will save my people from the east country and from the west country, 8 and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.”
9 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Let your hands be strong, you who in these days have been hearing these words from the mouth of the prophets who were present on the day that the foundation of the house of the Lord of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. 10 For before those days there was no wage for man or any wage for beast, neither was there any safety from the foe for him who went out or came in, for I set every man against his neighbor. 11 But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as in the former days, declares the Lord of hosts. 12 For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. 13 And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong.”
14 For thus says the Lord of hosts: “As I purposed to bring disaster to you when your fathers provoked me to wrath, and I did not relent, says the Lord of hosts, 15 so again have I purposed in these days to bring good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah; fear not. 16 These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace; 17 do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the Lord.”
18 And the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, 19 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore love truth and peace.
21st Century Science and Health
Divine Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and body. Science shows the scientific relation of person to God and unravels the interwoven ambiguities of being, setting free the imprisoned thought. In divine Science, the universe, including individuals, is spiritual, harmonious, and eternal. Science shows that what is termed matter is but the subjective state of what I term human mind.
Apart from the usual opposition to everything new, the one great obstacle to receiving spirituality through which the understanding of Mind-science comes, is the inadequacy of terminology for metaphysical statements.
Human-made theories make the same mistake regarding Soul and body that René Descartes made regarding the brain as a complex fixed machine. Adherents of Descartes theories culminates in localizationism, the belief in a hard-wired brain in which each mental function has a strict location. However, modern brain science is showing, “[Brain] plasticity is a normal phenomenon, and brain maps are constantly changing.” Moreover, Christian Science is showing that mind is not subject to the brain or matter, and that soul is not in the body. The order of Science can’t be reversed by human theories that assign to matter the power and prerogative of Spirit, a mix-up that cause people to become weak and pitiful creatures. Scientific blunders can’t affect the harmony of being.
The truth of Mind shows conclusively how it is that matter seems to be, but is not. Divine Science, rising above physical theories, excludes matter, resolves things into thoughts, and replaces the objects of physical sense with spiritual ideas.
For this revelation, I introduced the term CHRISTIAN SCIENCE to designate the scientific system of divine healing.
Human thought has adulterated the meaning of the word soul through the hypothesis that soul is both an evil and a good intelligence, resident in matter. The proper use of the word soul can always be gained by substituting the word God where the divine meaning is required. In other cases, use the word sense, and you will have the scientific meaning. As used in divine Science, Soul is the synonym of Spirit, or God; but outside of Science, soul is identical with sense, with mortal sensation or perception.
The medicine of Science is divine Mind, not human mind. The human attitudes of dishonesty, sensuality, greed, revenge, and malice, cannot heal the sick. Thoughts that try to control another person are crude tendencies and by no means the mental qualities which heal. The hypnotizer employs one error to destroy another. The mental mal-practitioner heals sickness through a belief, when it was a belief which originally caused the sickness. This is a case of a greater error overcoming a lesser. The greater error thereafter occupies the ground, leaving the case worse than before.
So when they had come together, they asked [Jesus], “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
2 for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive blessing from the Lord
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
21st Century Science and Health
What evidence of Soul or of immortality do you have within mortality? Even natural science teaches that no one has ever seen Spirit or Soul leaving or entering a body. What warrants the theory of an indwelling spirit, except the argument of human sentiment? What would be thought of the hypothesis that a house was inhabited by a certain class of persons, when no such persons were ever seen going into or coming out of the house? Who can see a soul in the body?
We will never understand spiritual facts if we don’t metaphysically reverse the outward appearance.
Arthur Schopenhauer has been credited to say, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Or, in words attributed to George Bernard Shaw,  “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”
Individuals are not a dichotomy of non-intelligence and intelligence. We coexist with and reflect God, Soul, substance, unchangeable and intelligent.
We can admit that Soul is not in the body and that the body is accountable to [divine] Mind. People are the humble expressions of Mind, though it seems otherwise to our physical senses.
We must leave the worldly basis of thinking and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s perfect direction, and thereby bring out harmony.
For some cultures, worship began with muscularity, but the law of Sinai lifts thought into the song of David. Moses advanced a nation to the worship of God in Spirit instead of matter and illustrated the grand human capacities of being bestowed by immortal Mind.
Whoever is incompetent to explain Soul is wise not to undertake the explanation of body. Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter/energy. Life is spiritual good, not formed physically, but metaphysically.
Jesus himself had to advance past believing in substance-matter. As his understanding of Spirit increased, Jesus no longer felt attached to the world and proved conclusively, by raising his body from dead, that his substance was Spirit. His body was no more perfect because of death and no less material until his consciousness was further spiritualized in the ascension. Jesus discovered the eternal Ego and proved that he and the Father were inseparable as God and God’s reflection. The Teacher gained the solution of being and demonstrated the existence of but one Mind without a second or equal.
Soul and Spirit being one, God and Soul are one, and this one never included in a restricted mind or a limited body. Spirit is eternal, divine. Nothing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else. Because Soul is immortal, it does not exist in mortality. Soul must be bodiless to be Spirit, for Spirit is not circumscribed. Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as immortality brought to light.
Manifest Soul is not apparent to the limited senses because those senses are very busy accepting only that which opposes Spirit.
Keep clearly in thought that we are the offspring of God, not of human beings; that we are spiritual, not defined by matter; that Soul is Spirit, never trapped inside matter. Neither Quantum energy nor matter gives the body sensation and life.
If it is true that we live, this fact can never change in Science to the opposite belief that we die. Life is the law of Soul, even the law of the spirit of Truth, and Soul is never without its representative. Our individual spirituality can no more die nor disappear in unconsciousness than can Soul, for both are immortal.
 René Descartes, (1596–1650) French mathematician, scientist and philosopher.
 The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science Norman Doidge, M.D. (Viking Penguin Books, New York, 2007)
 Schopenhauer, Arthur, (1788–1860) German philosopher.
 Shaw, George Bernard, (1856–1950) Irish Playwright.