"Children of Israel"

It may be interesting to read books which tell us of the tribes of Israel; but study of them will not give any real satisfaction or bring us a clearer realization of God and of what constitutes His "chosen" people, unless it turns us to the Bible to seek honestly for ourselves. Such searching, in conjunction with the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy is, however, very illuminating. First of all, let us read Mrs. Eddy's definition of "children of Israel" on page 583 of our textbook: "The representatives of Soul, not corporeal sense; the offspring of Spirit, who, having wrestled with error, sin, and sense, are governed by divine Science; some of the ideas of God beheld as men, casting out error and healing the sick; Christ's offspring."

In order to grasp the import of this definition, we need to have a clear idea of God as "our Father," as the only cause or creator, and of the man of God's creating. God is Spirit; therefore man must be spiritual, "the offspring of Spirit." The man of God's creating, whom we acknowledge to be His image or reflection, can manifest only the qualities of that which he reflects, namely, omnipresent God, even as one's reflection in front of a mirror can reproduce only one's movements: the reflection can do nothing of itself! Again, since God is infinite, All, His ideas must be governed by Him, the one unerring divine Mind. God never loses sight of one of His children, ideas, and He loves them one and all!

We cannot deny that to the material senses we seem to be surrounded by many ungodlike conditions; but these very conditions, being unlike God, good, are unreal. As for man, as we reason and study we realize that a mortal is not man as God knows him! Mortals and things material are phases of the Adam-dream, and have neither reality nor permanence. As we wake to the truth of being we become more conscious of our true birthright as God's children. God's love is universal, and the gifts He bestows are for all to enjoy. And we can awake and claim them, and use them—these wonderful gifts of love, joy, peace, purity, and gentleness.

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October 8, 1927

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