Unveiling the Statue

"In the image of God created he him."

A few months ago I found myself comparing the process of work in treating a patient to the unveiling of a statue. As this comparison grew it brought me a sense of rest, and I give it here, hoping it may bring a helpful thought to some young student of Christian Science.

In the unveiling of the statue, I could plainly see that the statue itself was not changed. Moulded and chiseled this statue stood before as after its unveiling, just as the artist had left it, and the unveiling only revealed its beauty to human sight. In Genesis, 1 : 27, we are told that God created man "in his own image." We have learned through the teachings of Christian Science that, as God is Spirit, His image and likeness, man, must be spiritual and must be found in the individual spiritual consciousness, never in matter. This consciousness as the image and likeness of God must be a consciousness of perfect health, holiness, and harmony.

When a patient comes to Christian Science for treatment, he comes with what seems to be a consciousness of sickness or discord of some kind. As the real man has but one consciousness and that one perfect, this sense of sickness must be a false sense, which hides his true individuality and corresponds to the veil which covers the statue. It becomes then the work of the Christian Science healer to remove the veil or false sense and reveal the consciousness of harmony. Never does the healer change this image, for, like the statue, it stands before as after, just as the Creator; God, has left it.

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May 23, 1901

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