Freedom from All Unlike God

In Christian Science the clearest possible distinction is drawn between the real man, that is, the man of God's creating, and a mortal, the so-called man who appears to exist in matter or the flesh. The student of Christian Science learns at the very beginning of his study that God is Spirit, and that man is God's image, therefore spiritual; and also, that matter is unreal, since God, Spirit, is infinite. From these truths he perceives that the finite, material concept of man, called a mortal, must be erroneous or false. And with the understanding of the nature of the real man and the knowledge of the unreal nature of a mortal, he is in the position to prove for himself his dominion over materiality, his freedom from all unlike God.

Further, Christian Science declares man to be perfect, since he is the image or reflection of God. What does this imply? That man expresses only that which is good; indeed, that man expresses good unlimitedly. On page 481 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes: "Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss." Man, therefore, reflects or expresses these very qualities, namely, "freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss," and to an unlimited degree. As one contemplates the real man, the man whom God knows in every detail of his being, one gets away from the erroneous material sense of man, with its limitations, its suffering, its sorrow, its sin, and enters the kingdom of heaven, the consciousness where joy and freedom reign.

But, it may be asked, does not what has been said contradict human experience? Are not men continually experiencing evil in some degree? They may appear to do so, but, as Christian Science maintains, no experience which is not good is real. The material senses may argue for suffering, sorrow, lack, fear, and all the other derivatives of matter and evil, but the profound and absolute truth of God's allness, as good, cannot be shaken. This truth is like a great rock in the midst of a stormy sea: the waves of error beat against it in vain.

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October 15, 1932

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