21Spirit and flesh antagonize. Temptation, that mist of mortal mind which seems to be matter and the environ- ment of mortals, suggests pleasure and pain in matter;
24and, so long as this temptation lasts, the warfare is not ended and the mortal is not regenerated. The pleas- ures — more than the pains — of sense, retard regenera-
27tion; for pain compels human consciousness to escape from sense into the immortality and harmony of Soul. Disease in error, more than ease in it, tends to destroy
30error: the sick often are thereby led to Christ, Truth, and to learn their way out of both sickness and sin.
1The material and physical are imperfect. The in- dividual and spiritual are perfect; these have no fleshly
3nature. This final degree of regeneration is saving, and the Christian will, must, attain it; but it doth not yet appear. Until this be attained, the Christian Scientist
6must continue to strive with sickness, sin, and death — though in lessening degrees — and manifest growth at every experience.
9Is it correct to say of material objects, that they are noth- ing and exist only in imagination?
Nothing and something are words which need correct
12definition. They either mean formations of indefinite and vague human opinions, or scientific classifications of the unreal and the real. My sense of the beauty of
15the universe is, that beauty typifies holiness, and is some- thing to be desired. Earth is more spiritually beautiful to my gaze now than when it was more earthly to the
18eyes of Eve. The pleasant sensations of human belief, of form and color, must be spiritualized, until we gain the glorified sense of substance as in the new heaven and
21earth, the harmony of body and Mind.
Even the human conception of beauty, grandeur, and utility is something that defies a sneer. It is more than
24imagination. It is next to divine beauty and the gran- deur of Spirit. It lives with our earth-life, and is the subjective state of high thoughts. The atmos-
27phere of mortal mind constitutes our mortal envi- ronment. What mortals hear, see, feel, taste, smell, constitutes their present earth and heaven: but we must