“Question.–What is man? Answer.–Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements.” (Science and Health, page 475)
The physical appearances, the organs and functions that seem to keep us alive and subsequently fail and condemn us to death, have nothing to do with man. They are not included in the divine definition, the Word of God that is fixed and incontestable Truth. We are not built of matter and its anatomy. That description cannot possibly describe God’s idea.
Spirit created man, and is his very Life. Spirit is not confined in a body or limited by a collection of items supposed to give it mobility, agility, freedom, growth, harmony, peace. Spirit includes and embraces every right quality, unconfined, forever available, expressing without limit and without assistance from matter, that mere belief in limitation.
So what is man? Right where the mortal sense would limit man to a personal body and personal characteristics, age, accident, genetics, material conceptions of what life should be and what it cannot be, right there is the grand and noble man of God’s own creating and anointing. Right there, right here, is the ideal compound idea, made up of every right concept, expressed in man, but originating in the infinite Mind of God. The heart, blood, lungs, brain are not life. God is Life! Is He material? Is He in an organ to be found or lost? No!
We are that man that is composed of God’s own substance, that which cannot fail and has not, which cannot be impaired and has not, which cannot be given a power to govern life, and has not. Let’s not look for a definition of our being or a statement of our condition from such an unreliable source as matter, when God is announcing our freedom clearly and consistently right here, right now!
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