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material existence and spiritual life which is not
subject to death.
To be on communicable terms with Spirit, persons must
be free from organic bodies; and their return to a material
condition, after having once left it, would
be as impossible as would be the restoration
to its original condition of the acorn, already absorbed
into a sprout which has risen above the soil. The seed
which has germinated has a new form and state of
existence. When here or hereafter the belief of life in matter
is extinct, the error which has held the belief dissolves
with the belief, and never returns to the old condition.
No correspondence nor communion can exist between
persons in such opposite dreams as the belief of having
died and left a material body and the belief of still living
in an organic, material body.
The caterpillar, transformed into a beautiful insect,
is no longer a worm, nor does the insect return to
fraternize with or control the worm. Such
a backward transformation is impossible in
Science. Darkness and light, infancy and manhood,
sickness and health, are opposites, - different beliefs,
which never blend. Who will say that infancy can utter
the ideas of manhood, that darkness can represent light,
that we are in Europe when we are in the opposite
hemisphere? There is no bridge across the gulf which divides
two such opposite conditions as the spiritual, or incorporeal,
and the physical, or corporeal.
In Christian Science there is never a retrograde step,
never a return to positions outgrown. The so-called dead
and living cannot commune together, for they are in
separate states of existence, or consciousness.