Man Revealed in Science

THE psalmist's query, "What is man?" is often voiced by those who are confused by material sense testimony, but who honestly desire to know what man really is. Of old, the prophet said, "Cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?" and this is the injunction of Christian Science to-day. In spite of this warning, mortal sense clings to its own false concept instead of giving it up for the true idea revealed in Science. It would certainly seem as if students of our text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," could not mistake the mortal concept for man as therein revealed. Well may our revered Leader say, "Mortals have a very feeble and imperfect idea of the spiritual man. . . . Never born and never dying, it were impossible for man, under the government of God in eternal Science. to fall from his high estate" (Science and Health, p. 258).

Science shows the necessity for a perfect model in all our work, and it is of the utmost importance surely that we gain and maintain clear views on this vital question, in order to do the most effective work in the healing of the sick. We therefore cannot be too familiar with the statements concerning man which are given on pages 475 to 477 of our text-book, especially the statement, "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man" (p. 476). Through Science alone can we behold the perfect man, never through sense.

It is scientific to know and declare that man, as God's likeness, is spiritual and perfect, and as the sick and weary mortal sense looks away from self and beholds this perfect man, the mortal concept, which has no reality except to belief, begins to vanish like a dissolving view; the manifestation of Truth is revealed in Science; and as our textbook (p. 477) says, this "correct view of man" heals the sick, This process is beautifully described by Paul, who says, "We all, with unveiled face reflecting as a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory" (Revised Version).

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Letters to our Leader
May 19, 1906

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