Man in God's Image

Christian Science is teaching its students how to discard the untrue for the true, by a growing spiritual perception of the difference between what God made and material counterfeits. To the I AM of absolute power, presence, and being, error attempts the echo, "I am too;" and only as we cultivate, by prayer and watching, an ear attuned to the harmony of good, shall we hear the voice that can drown out all discord.

Ever since the first recorded effort of evil to simulate good,—after "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good," and the allegorical account of evil's attempt to counterfeit God's image in the Adam-man, when the grandeur of the true spiritual creation was veiled by the mist that covered the face of the earth,—the world has been tempted to accept the unreal for the real. The false concept of man was for the most part held as true until Mary Baker Eddy uncovered the deception by restoring the healing truth that operated in Christ Jesus' discernment of the real man. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 476, 477), Mrs. Eddy says: "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick."

The science of mathematics has always provided one student with helpful illustrations in translating the "language of Spirit" (Science and Health, p. 117) into terms of human comprehension. In using the number "2," however imperfectly we may form the figure on paper, it does not in any way affect the character of the number in thought; and it is instantly available for use. In thinking of the number "2" we think of that which is unchangeable and indestructible. If the figure were erased from the paper, it would be absurd to claim that the number had gone out of existence.

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Standing Unmoved under Fire
June 9, 1928

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