Accession: A10598
Editorial Title: For a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things he possesseth
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Scribe: unknown 
Date: unknown
Manuscript Description: Handwritten in pen on lined paper.
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Luke 12.15.

For a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things he possessethLuke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Life is the alpha and omega of mortal inquiry the endless theme of the immortal. Ancient and modern sacred and profane history have recorded their theories of Life.

Both these histories have been made to say that Life is dual it hath a twofold nature, that Life is a composite which is the opposite of itself, and possesses twoAs Written:tw conditions which are the opposites of each other. We will briefly consider these two opposite statements of Life and the science of one of them for being opposites, both conditions of Life, namely the spiritual and the material cannot be science. This is a self evident proposition that if two statements are the opposites of each other and one of them is Truth the other one must be error We accept gratefully the scriptures definition of Deity, namely, that God is Life and Truth and we learn therefrom that Life is Spirit for God is Spirit. Then it follows that matter being the opposite of God or Spirit of Life and Truth matter must be error and mortality and according to our theories matter and mortality contain those opposites of God named sin sickness and death. Again, Spirit being intelligence it follows that matter is non-intelligenceAs Written:nonintelligence. Spirituality and materiality being opposites they cannot dwell together or harmonize and if Life is Spiritual, it cannot be material. We also learn from Science reason and revelation that light hath no fellowship with darkness nor Life, God with Belial, therefore opposites such as Truth and error never blend that Spirit can neither pass into matter nor come out from matter; even as light neither passes into darkness nor comes out of darkness; darkness may hide the light but it cannot but it cannot receive light and remain darkness. No more can matter become the receptacle of Life, Spirit, and remain matter. Life, God, cannot pass into mortal man, the infinite cannot enter the finite. Life cannot pass into death and then come out Life. Truth cannot enter error, and error remain, and Truth come out Truth; yea, Spirit cannot pass into matter and come out Spirit.

Over 18 centuries ago Jesus sought to establish the understanding of the kingdom of heaven on the basis of Life immortal, even the reign of harmony, that hath ever existed between God and man. The kingdom of heaven is the supremacy of Life, Spirit, as revealed by metaphysical science. Life, God, is the Principle of this harmony and and righteousness, and His government is spiritual, expressed through the Life or science of being, uttered in the ten commandments ,and the beatitudes or sermon on the Mount and Jesus' method of healing the sick. It is a government of Soul instead of sense, and this government annuls the law of sense material with the higher law Spiritual. It is the government of the unerring intelligence, the immortal Mind, the Life Love and Truth that shall establish the reign of harmony or kingdom of heaven on earth through the supremacy of Mind, Truth and Life over matter, by which sin sickness and death are destroyed, The science of Life, is began below.

A10598
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Luke 12.15.

For a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things he possessethLuke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Our subject is the science of Life and it presents an infinite field for thought.

Life is the alpha and omega of mortal inquiry the endless theme of the immortal. Ancient and modern sacred and profane history have recorded their theories of Life.

Both these histories have been made to say that Life is dual it hath a twofold nature, that Life is a composite which is the opposite of itself, and possesses twCorrected:two conditions which are the opposites of each other. We will briefly consider these two opposite statements of Life and the science of one of them for being opposites, both conditions of Life, namely the spiritual and the material cannot be science. This is a self evident proposition that if two statements are the opposites of each other and one of them is Truth the other one must be error We accept gratefully the scriptures definition of Deity, namely, that God is Life and Truth and we learn therefrom that Life is Spirit for God is Spirit. Then it follows that matter being the opposite of God or Spirit of Life and Truth matter must be error and mortality and according to our theories matter and mortality contain those opposites of God named sin sickness and death. Again, Spirit being intelligence it follows that matter is nonintelligenceCorrected:non-intelligence. Spirituality and materiality being opposites they cannot dwell together or harmonize and if Life is Spiritual, it cannot be material. We also learn from Science reason and revelation that light hath no fellowship with darkness nor Life, God with Belial, therefore opposites such as Truth and error never blend that Spirit can neither pass into matter nor come out from matter; even as light neither passes into darkness nor comes out of darkness; darkness may hide the light but it cannot but it cannot receive light and remain darkness. No more can matter become the receptacle of Life, Spirit, and remain matter. Life, God, cannot pass into mortal man, the infinite cannot enter the finite. Life cannot pass into death and then come out Life. Truth cannot enter error, and error remain, and Truth come out Truth; yea, Spirit cannot pass into matter and come out Spirit.

Over 18 centuries ago Jesus sought to establish the understanding of the kingdom of heaven on the basis of Life immortal, even the reign of harmony, that hath ever existed between God and man. The kingdom of heaven is the supremacy of Life, Spirit, as revealed by metaphysical science. Life, God, is the Principle of this harmony and and righteousness, and His government is spiritual, expressed through the Life or science of being, uttered in the ten commandments ,and the beatitudes or sermon on the Mount and Jesus' method of healing the sick. It is a government of Soul instead of sense, and this government annuls the law of sense material with the higher law Spiritual. It is the government of the unerring intelligence, the immortal Mind, the Life Love and Truth that shall establish the reign of harmony or kingdom of heaven on earth through the supremacy of Mind, Truth and Life over matter, by which sin sickness and death are destroyed, The science of Life, is began below.