The Spiritual Real Man

Nothing is comparable in importance with an understanding of the true nature of God and man, and of the relationship which exists between them. This understanding, which, as the Bible shows, has come to mankind gradually, culminates in the teaching of Christian Science. It owes its value chiefly to the fact that through it men can discern between the real and the unreal—between good and evil, Truth and error, Spirit and matter—and, thus distinguishing, are able to reject the false and retain the real as true consciousness. And in this manner healing is brought about in Christian Science practice.

What, then, is the understanding which Christian Science gives of God and man and of the relationship existing between them? This Science teaches that God is infinite as Spirit, Mind, Principle; that He is the one and only cause or creator, and that man is the idea of Mind. As the truth about God and man is discerned, the relationship between them stands revealed; and it is seen to be an inseparable relationship, one which has always existed and which must continue to exist forever. And what could better express this eternal relationship than the words "Father" and "son," or "Father-Mother" and "son," terms which are frequently used in Christian Science?

Christ Jesus undoubtedly sought to convey to mankind the truth of the fatherhood of God. As recorded by Matthew, he said, "Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." Paul taught the same; for he wrote to the Romans, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." And John in his first epistle says, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God." It is therefore certain that the Master and his faithful followers understood the relationship between God and man to be that of Father and son.

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June 20, 1931

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