Historic Bible Lesson: Unreality
Principle of Soul
One of the dangers here is to personalise the word soul, thinking it means the inner sense of a person. Its another term with rather unfortunate religious connotations which makes it more difficult to examine scientifically. So we need to break it down into mathematics to examine it further. In Mrs Eddy’s list of seven synonyms it is the third one. The number three is defined as abundance, plenty, the spiritual experiencing human. Presumeably this is where the confusion of its meaning comes from.
We know that people generally refer to others as having souls. Particularly when someone is sick, we often say “poor soul”. Even our dictionaries define souls as “the non material part of the body”. In youtube we find a movie called “soul of a woman” about the life of Mrs Eddy, which is often shown in CS Churches. Completely misleading as to what it means. The argument they give is that its “soul” not “Soul” which at best is simply wordplay.
Yet we know that Soul as a synonym for God is not personal nor individual. It is the collective name for the entity in which we live and have our being. This puts us completely at odds with the rest of Christendom and takes Christian Science deep into the realm of Science where we can see Divine Law in operation.
It relates to our topic because the more personal we get with it, the more we lower its definition and it becomes mortal. Soul, the Government or Principle which we all exist in, is perfect without beginning and end, with infinite resources for ALL. A shared community where we are free to Love.
Mrs Eddy did not define Soul in the textook but she devotes a chapter to it in Unity of Good:
1 WE read in the Hebrew Scriptures, “The soul that
sinneth, it shall die.”
3 What is Soul? Is it a reality within the mortal body?
Who can prove that? Anatomy has not descried nor
described Soul. It was never touched by the scalpel nor
cut with the dissecting-knife. The five physical senses do
not cognize it.
Who, then, dares define Soul as something within man ?
9 As well might you declare some old castle to be peopled
with demons or angels, though never a light or form was
discerned therein, and not a spectre had ever been seen
going in or coming out.
The common hypotheses about souls are even more
vague than ordinary material conjectures, and have less
basis; because material theories are built on the evidence
of the material senses.
Soul must be God; since we learn Soul only as we learn
18 God, by spiritualization. As the five senses take no cog-
nizance of Soul, so they take no cognizance of God. What-
ever cannot be taken in by mortal mind – by human
reflection, reason, or belief – must be the unfathomable
Mind, which “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard.” Soul
1 stands in this relation to every hypothesis as to its human
3 If Soul sins, it is a sinner, and Jewish law condemned
the sinner to death, – as does all criminal law, to a cer-
6 Spirit never sins, because Spirit is God. Hence, as
Spirit, Soul is sinless, and is God. Therefore there is,
there can be, no spiritual death.
9 Transcending the evidence of the material senses,
Science declares God to be the Soul of all being, the only
Mind and intelligence in the universe. There is but one
12 God, one Soul, or Mind, and that one is infinite, supplying
all that is absolutely immutable and eternal, – Truth,
15 Science reveals Soul as that which the senses cannot
define from any standpoint of their own. What the physi-
cal senses miscall soul, Christian Science defines as mate-
18 rial sense; and herein lies the discrepancy between the
true Science of Soul and that material sense of a soul which
that very sense declares can never be seen or measured or
weighed or touched by physicality.
Often we can elucidate the deep meaning of the Scrip-
tures by reading sense instead of soul, as in the Forty-
24 second Psalm: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul
[sense] ? . . . Hope thou in God [Soul]: for I shall yet
praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and
my God [my Soul, immortality].”
The Virgin-mother’s sense being uplifted to behold
1 Spirit as the sole origin of man, she exclaimed, “My soul
[spiritual sense] doth magnify the Lord.”
3 Human language constantly uses the word soul for
sense. This it does under the delusion that the senses can
reverse the spiritual facts of Science, whereas Science re-
verses the testimony of the material senses.
Soul is Life, and being spiritual Life, never sins. Mate-
rial sense is the so-called material life. Hence this lower
9 sense sins and suffers, according to material belief, till
divine understanding takes away this belief and restores
Soul, or spiritual Life. “He restoreth my soul,” says
In his first epistle to the Corinthians (xv. 45) Paul writes:
“The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last
15 Adam was made a quickening spirit.” The apostle re-
fers to the second Adam as the Messiah, our blessed
Master, whose interpretation of God and His creation –
18 by restoring the spiritual sense of man as immortal instead
of mortal – made humanity victorious over death and the
21 When I discovered the power of Spirit to break the
cords of matter, through a change in the mortal sense of
things, then I discerned the last Adam as a quickening
24 Spirit, and understood the meaning of the declaration of
Holy Writ, “The first shall be last,” – the living Soul
shall be found a quickening Spirit; or, rather, shall reflect
the Life of the divine Arbiter.