Perfect Man

OUR attention is called to the necessity of bringing every thought into subjection to Truth when Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 516), "The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere." In the Scriptures we find admonitions regarding unruly members: "If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee," and, "If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off," referring to human actions when controlled by mortal mind. One of the subtleties of this mind is that of recalling so-called past experiences: that a condition existed which needed healing; that this disease was destroyed, or that this thing was met, reiterating the experience again and again, thus keeping the mental picture in mind. All of the so-called past experiences are mortal dreams, illusions, and they never had any permanency or reality except that given to them through erroneous belief, and they should be remembered no more.

There is no past and no future in Mind; the eternal now is all that there is. Now man is the idea of Mind, and because he is, he is expressing this divinity. He is absolutely perfect and is reflecting true consciousness. This man has never been anything less, he never experiences anything but good, and is conscious only of his harmonious existence in the realm of infinite Mind. He lives, and moves, and has his being surrounded by good, and he could not be conscious of an atom of evil or wrong thinking. God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil," we are told by the prophet Habakkuk. Mind, Spirit, God, cognizes only that which He is, His own existence. It logically follows, then, that man, the idea of this infinite Being, must be of the same quality, cognizing only that which is in this Mind. True consciousness is all there is of consciousness and it fills all space. There is nothing, neither can there be anything outside of this allness. There can be no matter in a spiritual universe filled with the infinite consciousness of God. This fact eliminates the possibility of a material universe, a mortal, a mortal mind, or any consciousness of evil.

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