Hallowed be Thy name.
Question: If matter is not in God, is God in matter? Is God inside our bodies, or is body a
mixture of God and matter?
Answer: No. All of these beliefs must be destroyed — the belief that matter is in God, or that God is in matter. God is Spirit only. There is no matter in Spirit and no Spirit in matter, and this is a good truth to pray, or acknowledge, daily.
There are qualities of God, such as intelligence and life, that people believe are in matter. But this is a misconception, and we must deny the presence of any Godlike quality in matter. Mary Baker Eddy explains why in these statements:
“Can a single quality of God, Spirit, be discovered in matter? The Scriptures plainly declare, ‘The Word was God;’ and ‘all things were made by Him,’ — the Word. What, then, can matter create, or how can it exist?” (Pan. 5:2)
“The belief that intelligence, Truth, and Love, are in matter and separate from God, is an error; for there is no intelligent evil, and no power besides God, good. God would not be omnipotent if
there were in reality another mind creating or governing man or the universe.” (Mis. 36:28)
The strongest statement on this subject is known as the Scientific Statement of Being. You can read this in the textbook on page 468, lines 8-15.
In our daily prayers, it is good to ponder that statement, and use it when praying and thinking about God and man. God is Spirit, and man is spiritual.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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