[Original article in German]

Man, the Reflection of Spirit

When, shortly after coming into Christian Science, a dear practitioner asked me, "Why does man exist?" I was able to reply, "To reflect Spirit." The understanding of this truth affords at all times an abundance of harmony, peace, and joy. What a wonderful outlook the words give, since they present all good as possible of attainment! Moreover, the Apostle John has declared that "God is love;" hence man is the reflection of Love. Did we really understand this, there would remain no human care, no sickness, sin, or lack, no dislike for our daily work, no lovelessness toward our fellow-men. All error would disappear with the understanding of the truth that man exists to reflect the one great, loving Spirit. All selfishness, all human striving, jealousy, hatred, and worry are done away as we learn to understand that there is but one Spirit, one loving God, who has created and governs the universe.

How this understanding helps us to advance on the road from sense to Soul, from material sense to the spiritual understanding of existence! How wonderful that we can learn the meaning of Paul's words to the Romans, "As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God"! Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 330), "God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man." And on page 331 she says further, "He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind." How true this is! One must recognize man's unity with Spirit and hear the "still small voice," if he is to possess the spirit of Christian Science.

The Monitor and Citizenship
December 27, 1924

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