THE NATURE OF DEITY

THE Christian Scientist cannot accept the time-honored belief that God is a corporeal personality. His religious experience has convinced him that only as he realizes the omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence of Deity—qualities which cannot be personalized or confined within a finite form—is he able to bring into his daily life, in some measure, those definite and satisfying experiences or "signs" which the Master promised should be the heritage of those disciples of all ages who believed in, or understood, the Principle of his teachings.

Throughout all time mortals have been idolaters. It has made little difference whether they have worshiped images of iron and stone, or images conceived by the human mind and held in thought as enlarged concepts of mortal and finite personality. The results in either case have been to materialize worship and to disinherit mankind through failure to worship the Father "in spirit and in truth." When we pray to an anthropomorphic God, our concept of Him confirms the belief that His judgment will be based on and influenced by a human sense of justice and of penalty, instead of by divine, unvarying law, and we expect our relief to come through pardon instead of through increased spiritual understanding.

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