The True Man

Rockland (Me.) Gazette

The perfect man to whom Mrs. Eddy refers in her teachings is not the material but the spiritual man. Evil, which appears to be associated with man, is no more a part of his real self than the besmirching clay is a part of the diamond. St. Paul seems to have understood this point when he said, "And the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is," but "he himself shall be saved." He understood that it was not the man which was to be destroyed, but the evil—the error which seems to tarnish and hide the real man. Mortals instinctively understand this, hence we often hear it said of a bad person, "He is not himself, he is not a man."

It was the mission of Jesus to reveal in his own life the ideal man, and to demonstrate that the real man may assert himself, even to the overcoming of every material law. To prove this he lived a life of daily triumph, and finally ascended to the Father. It is the mission of Christian Science to show how he did this, and how we can overcome all evil and reach a life of perfection.

The Adam man was and is the false human concept of manhood which leads into sin and death. It is that sense of manhood which must be "put off" with its deeds, while the new man, "which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him," is "put on."

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February 10, 1906

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