The Perfection of Creation

IT is worthy of note that two of the fundamentals of Christian Science are given the distinction in Bible phraseology of appearing as clear statements of fact followed by immediate repetition of the same statements in different words in order that the reader may labor under no misapprehension as to their exact meaning. The first of these statements occurs in Genesis 1:27, "So God created man in his own image." This direct statement permits of no wrong interpretation, and yet to emphasize its importance there occurs in the same sentence the words, "In the image of God created he him." On page 516 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy points out the significance of the repetition in the passage, in the following words, "To emphasize this momentous thought, it is repeated that God made man in His own image, to reflect the divine Spirit."

The second statement is in John 1:3, "All things were made by him." This brief but sweeping utterance leaves room for no other creator in the universe, but again the inspired writer follows up with a statement conveying the same thought in a different form, "And without him was not any thing made that was made." John is often regarded as the most spiritually minded of the four gospel writers, and this third verse of the first chapter of his book surely is one of the foundation stones on which is based the superstructure of his interpretation of Jesus' life and works. It establishes forever the spiritual nature of the universe, for our Leader in interpreting the passage states (Science and Health, p. 335), "There is nothing in Spirit out of which matter could bemade, for, as the Bible declares, without the Logos, the /Eon or Word of God, 'was not anything made that was made.'" Is it not significant that such repetitions for emphasis, which occur infrequently in Scripture in such direct and condensed form, should apply in the one instance to man and in the other to things, and thus include the entire creation?

"Know thyself"
March 5, 1921

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