The Correct View

On pages 476 and 477 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes: "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." What is this correct view which Christian Science alone can reveal? It must be wholly spiritual, entirely separate from false material sense. This spiritually correct view can present man only as God sees him; man in God's image and likeness, spiritual, perfect, whole, complete, always receiving, assimilating, and radiating truth; with boundless freedom; with continuous, harmonious, fruitful activity; with universal, unselfish love; conscious only of the desire to glorify God and to heal, to bless, to uplift, comfort, and encourage his brother-man.

This correct view of man was the only view Jesus, our Way-shower, ever entertained. He saw as real only the things of God—perfection, purity, love, kindness, compassion, contentment, unselfishness, It was his correct view of the spotless purity of man, in the image and likeness of God, which enabled sinners who came to him for healing to catch such a clear glimpse of that truth that they lost all desire to sin, and so were cleansed and healed.

It was Jesus' correct view of the infinite resources of the all-loving Father-Mother God which enabled him to feed the hungry multitudes; to take the limited sense of supply, which was all his disciples had to offer, and lift their thought and the thought of the multitude till they saw what he saw, namely, that limitation and lack, fear and self-pity, were no part of God's plan for His children, but that abundance, expressed as, for example, in the feeding of the thousands, was. It was Jesus' correct view of Life as God, never in or of matter, which enabled him to hold so steadfastly to Truth that the belief in death was destroyed—and Lazarus came forth, freed from his own belief in the reality of death, so that he could see the Christ, Truth, as the power which resurrected from the belief of life in matter through the understanding of Life as God. What but our Saviour's correct view of man could have enabled him, in the face of malice and hate, to heal all seekers with the touch of love; to pray in the midst of scorn and persecution that the ignorance of his persecutors might be forgiven, so that even they saw something of the correct view of man, and declared him to be the "Son of God."

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Building the Wall
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