Perfect Sonship

Perfect sonship is an important subject in Christian Science; and students of its teachings are fortunate in having direct instruction by Mrs. Eddy on the point. The reader may refer to page 241 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," where, under the healing, "Instruction by Mrs. Eddy," a question is propounded by a student and concisely answered by our Leader, and more particularly to the passage (p. 242): "You can never demonstrate spiritually until you declare yourself to be immortal and understand that you are so. Christian Science is absolute." And farther on our Leader declares: "Unless you fully perceive that you are the child of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demonstrate and no rule for its demonstration. By this I do not mean that mortals are the children of God,—far from it." One may at first exclaim: What! I, perfect? No! No! I am far from perfect yet! Then one should ask himself: Am I imperfect, but eventually can I become perfect? Am I wrong in striving to become right? Am I a mortal, endeavoring to become an immortal? If the answer is Yes, then you are engaged in a penalizing struggle, since our Leader continues in the same article: "In practising Christian Science you must state its Principle correctly, or you forfeit your ability to demonstrate it."

Christ Jesus was summoned to answer this same question of perfect sonship. The account of his triumph over the suggestion that his real selfhood was imperfect, or could become so, occurs in the fourth chapter of Matthew. Three ways are depicted there in which temptation seems to assail us: commanding that "these stones be made bread;" testing the omnipotence in which we trust, "on a pinnacle of the temple;" and showing, on "an exceeding high mountain," "the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them." Twice the temptation is introduced with the comparatively concealed words, "If thou be the Son of God." "If"! Yea, Christian Science student, admit that doubt-implying "if," and you have admitted all that mortal mind may require to bind you to earth. Let that insinuating doubt seem to enter consciousness, and how can you hope to overcome the adversary as Jesus did? From the height of his spiritual perfection, answering both the covert and the open suggestion, he replied, "Man [not a mortal] shall not live by bread alone." And, finally, how clearly the account shows the Master's instant dismissal of the temptation when it approached the mental altitude. No doubt of his sonship, no delay! Peremptory dismissal,—""Yraye Earava." Vanish, delusion! "Get thee hence Satan"!

"Taught of God"
July 25, 1925

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