Unseeing Material Selfhood

What is self? Webster's dictionary defines it as "an individual considered as an identical person; a being regarded as having personality." The writer used to think of this material personage as "the real me," — all there was, or the main part of self, and a very important part at that; for physiology measures the value and strength of a person by bone, blood, muscle, and heart. But there came a time when it was discovered that the human body, when dissolved in a chemical process, is made up of eighty-five per cent of organic and inorganic matter, with about fifteen per cent of water added. What a revelation it was, when the truth about this self was revealed, — that it is only the counterfeit, the material sense of self, since the real man is the reflection of God! For does not the Bible say that "in him we live, and move, and have our being"? Through the divine rights that come with this relationship, man continually reflects the allness of God, the attributes of divine Life, Mind, and Love.

An endless debt of gratitude pours forth for the teachings of Christian Science, as given in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, which have brought this unfoldment. An unfoldment it has surely been; for, like the rose opening each petal, moment by moment, until the full-blown flower comes forth, so, day by day, Christian Scientists grow in spiritual understanding, with the goal ever before them, — namely, the Bible promise that we shall "all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." It is our daily concern to learn and prove this for ourselves.

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