The divine demand, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," calls forth the inquiry, Is there a scientific or exact knowledge of man? The so-called "carnal mind" would answer in the negative. It would claim that man is of the earth, earthly; that he is "born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward;" that he is "of few days, and full of trouble." This false concept of man has been the source of untold misery to the human race. It has led them over a rugged road "from the cradle to the grave," has fed them upon the husks of materiality, and has left them no alternative but to die in order to reach heaven. This mental picture of a so-called fallen man fortunately does not have anything to do with the spiritual facts of being. It bears no resemblance to the real man of God's creating.

Christian Science pierces the veil of matter, revealing the mythical nature of this demoralized concept of man, and replacing it with the true mental or spiritual idea. The daily contemplation of this true idea of man has already worked wonders in the alleviation of human suffering and in displacing the degrading and demoralizing tendencies of the so-called human nature with Life's ennobling ideals. It has already revealed the open gate into the kingdom of heaven on earth, so that "whosoever will" may enter the "new and living way" of Soul and find out the real meaning of God's "image and likeness." Why is this possible? Because the true Science of man is revealed in Christian Science. No longer is there any need of surmising or guessing as to man's nature, origin, or destiny. The demonstration of Christian healing has planted the banner of Truth upon the rock of spiritual understanding, so that no one who has had this practical proof of God's power and presence can question the Science that has made such proof possible.

October 2, 1909

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