God's Perfect Idea, Man

On page 428 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes, "The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal." And on page 336 she states the relationship existing between God and man very clearly thus: "God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal."

Now the truth of man's perfection is not apparent to the so-called human mind. Taking themselves as the standard, it is impossible for mortals to think of man as perfect; and regarding themselves as imperfect, many of them are actively engaged in what they think is the regeneration of man. This, indeed, is how a great number of the human race regard their duty to themselves and to their fellow-men. The desire to be good, to do good, to live pure and noble lives—that is right, and it should be the aim of all men; but to bring the desire to fruition, the true status of the real man should first be seen and acknowledged; for then it will be recognized that righteous living should be natural to men, since it is the demonstration of man's perfection.

How clearly did Christ Jesus see the relationship of man to God when he said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect"! And he could utter that command because he himself constantly demonstrated in his life the perfection of man, proving thereby that he was the Son of God, the image, idea, or reflection of God. Jesus was the Way-shower to men; that is, he showed them the way to eternal Life by teaching them how conformity to the law of God healed or regenerated mankind; or, in other words, how conformity to the law of God destroyed the false sense of imperfection. There cannot be the slightest doubt that if Jesus had believed man to be imperfect, he never would have performed the wonderful healings which took place wherever humanity had faith in the truth he understood and taught.

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Overcoming Pride
October 6, 1928

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