Self-knowledge

That self-knowledge is necessary for one's well-being few will deny, but just how to go about measuring the right and wrong of one's thinking and doing has in the past been no easy task for mankind. Human standards are at best so fallible and capricious that one may judge himself by standards which are merely the conventions of his time, and thereby may not only fail to acquire true self-knowledge, but may even misjudge himself and others, and suffer therefrom.

The Bible, spiritually understood, is an unchanging standard. The first chapter of Genesis furnishes mankind with the perfect basis of self-knowledge: "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him." Man is image; that is, he is the likeness of God. Therefore, if we would attain to true self-knowledge, we must first know God. Since God is the governing intelligence of the universe, He must of necessity be divine Mind, Spirit. And since man is the image of God, he is the image of Spirit, divine Mind; therefore man is spiritual.

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