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If brain, nerves, stomach, are intelligent, - if they talk
to us, tell us their condition, and report how they feel, -
then Spirit and matter, Truth and error, commingle
and produce sickness and health, good and evil, life and
death; and who shall say whether Truth or error is the
The sensations of the body must either be the sensations
of a so-called mortal mind or of matter. Nerves
are not mind. Is it not provable that Mind is
not mortal and that matter has no sensation?
Is it not equally true that matter does not appear in the
spiritual understanding of being?
The sensation of sickness and the impulse to sin seem
to obtain in mortal mind. When a tear starts, does not
this so-called mind produce the effect seen in the lachrymal
gland? Without mortal mind, the tear could not
appear; and this action shows the nature of all so-called
material cause and effect.
It should no longer be said in Israel that "the fathers
have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set
on edge." Sympathy with error should disappear. The
transfer of the thoughts of one erring mind to another,
Science renders impossible.
If it is true that nerves have sensation, that matter has
intelligence, that the material organism causes the eyes to
see and the ears to hear, then, when the body
is dematerialized, these faculties must be lost,
for their immortality is not in Spirit; whereas the fact
is that only through dematerialization and spiritualization
of thought can these faculties be conceived of as
Nerves are not the source of pain or pleasure. We