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be substance to us, - the erring, changing, and dying,
the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable,
and immortal? A New Testament writer plainly describes
faith, a quality of mind, as "the substance of things
The doom of matter establishes the conclusion that
matter, slime, or protoplasm never originated
in the immortal Mind, and is therefore not
eternal. Matter is neither created by Mind nor for the
manifestation and support of Mind.
Ideas are tangible and real to immortal consciousness,
and they have the advantage of being eternal.
Spirit and matter can neither coexist nor cooperate,
and one can no more create the other than
Truth can create error, or vice versa.
In proportion as the belief disappears that life and intelligence
are in or of matter, the immortal facts of
being are seen, and their only idea or intelligence is
in God. Spirit is reached only through the understanding
and demonstration of eternal Life and Truth and
Every system of human philosophy, doctrine, and
medicine is more or less infected with the pantheistic
belief that there is mind in matter; but this
belief contradicts alike revelation and right
reasoning. A logical and scientific conclusion is reached
only through the knowledge that there are not two
bases of being, matter and mind, but one alone, -
Pantheism, starting from a material sense of God,
seeks cause in effect, Principle in its idea, and life and
intelligence in matter.