There is no Matter – 5
To this declaration Christian Science responds, even as did our Master: “You were a murderer from the beginning. The truth abode not in you. You are a liar, and the father of it.” Here it appears that a liar was in the neuter gender, — neither masculine nor feminine. Hence it was not man (the image of God) who lied, but the false claim to personality, which I call mortal mind; a claim which Christian Science uncovers, in order to demonstrate the falsity of the claim. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Unity of Good, p.32:20)
There is no Matter – 4
What is this mind? It is not the Mind of Spirit; for spiritualization of thought destroys all sense of matter as substance, Life, or intelligence, and enthrones God in the eternal qualities of His being.
This lower, misnamed mind is a false claim, a suppositional mind, which I prefer to call mortal mind.True Mind is immortal. This mortal mind declares itself material, in sin, sickness, and death, virtually saying, “I am the opposite of Spirit, of holiness, harmony, and Life.” (Eddy, Mary Baker, Unity of Good, p.32:11-19)
There is no Matter – 3
This subject can be enlarged. It can be shown, in detail, that evil does not obtain in Spirit, God; and that God, or good, is Spirit alone; whereas, evil does, according to belief, obtain in matter; and that evil is a false claim, — false to God, false to Truth and Life. Hence the claim of matter usurps the prerogative of God, saying, “I am a creator. God made me, and I make man and the material universe.”
Spirit is the only creator, and man, including the universe, is His spiritual concept. By matter is commonly meant mind, — not the highest Mind, but a false form of mind. This so-called mind and matter cannot be separated in origin and action. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Unity of Good, p.31:21-10)
There is no Matter – 2
According to Christian Science, the first idolatrous claim of sin is, that matter exists; the second, that matter is substance; the third, that matter has intelligence; and the fourth, that matter, being so endowed, produces life and death.
Hence my conscientious position, in the denial of matter, rests on the fact that matter usurps the authority of God, Spirit; and the nature and character of matter, the antipode of Spirit, include all that denies and defies Spirit, in quantity or quality. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Unity of Good, p.31:11-20)
There is no Matter – 1
“God is a Spirit” (or, more accurately translated, “God is Spirit”), declares the Scripture (John iv. 24), “and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
If God is Spirit, and God is All, surely there can be no matter; for the divine All must be Spirit.
The tendency of Christianity is to spiritualize thought and action. The demonstrations of Jesus annulled the claims of matter, and overruled laws material as emphatically as they annihilated sin. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Unity of Good, p, 31:1-10
What did the woman do that Simon the Pharisee did not do? Luke 7:44-48
Law means orderly and continuous activity. Therefore, the active energy emanating from Mind is law, and is eternally established. Mind, or active infinite intelligence, is of necessity law. All true active thought, motive, and purpose are in divine Mind. Mary Baker Eddy (Oakes, Richard, Essays and Bible Lessons [Red Book] p.77)
May 29, 1903. Anything that comes from the body is human will; that which comes not from the body and can only do good is the Divine. I (Mrs. Eddy) am only a windowpane through which the light comes. You are helping yourselves more than you help me, for I am helping you; the Discoverer had to discover the way to meet these things; you will not have that to do; you are learning NOW how to meet them; I have had to discover it. Mary Baker Eddy (Oakes, Richard, Course In Divinity and General Collectanea, p.5)