"Conscious identity"

Weary of conflicting theories and wary of fair words that when tried in the balance are found wanting, mankind is demanding demonstrable facts in response to the age-old questions as to the identity, origin, and purpose of human life. Who am I? What am I here for? These are the problems which have vexed mankind through centuries of human existence and which, until the discovery of Christian Science by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866, had never been answered in a scientific, practical way. Christian Science teaches that man is the idea or reflection of God, and then proves the God qualities of health, holiness, harmony, and immortality in experience, healing the sick and freeing mankind from the bondage of fear, ignorance, sin, and sensuality. Such proof as this is incontestable.

In order to get a glimpse of the possibilities of man's being as the image and likeness of God, mortals must first awaken to the truth about God as divine Mind or Principle. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 465) Mrs. Eddy has given the scientific synonyms for God as follows: "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." Mortals cannot hope to comprehend the divine nature in a moment, for, since God is infinite, the understanding of Him is infinite and in the work of eternity. For the same reason, mortals cannot at once comprehend the nature of man in God's image and likeness, but must say with John, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."

July 24, 1920

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