Of all the terms employed by our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, to elucidate Christian Science, none is more important than the word "reflection." It describes the nature of the real man. It replaces the personal sense of him as a creator, separate from his source—God—with a true sense of his individuality, depending on that source for the life, power and intelligence which he manifests. Man is the reflection of immortal Mind, the witness of God.

However, there appears to be a counterfeit mortal mind, the sum total of erroneous thinking, which is unreal—nothing—but which seems to reverse every spiritual truth. It is based on material sense instead of spiritual sense. Men apparently receive its false suggestions and reproduce them, and this process has been elevated in human thought into a supposed law. We require the spiritual discernment of the truth which Christian Science has brought to the world, to realize that the whole mesmerism of suggestion is but the counterfeit of true reflection.

In Genesis (1:27) we are told that man was created in the image and likeness of God; in other words, that man is God's reflection, God's idea. "How are veritable ideas to be distinguished from illusions?" Mrs. Eddy asks on page 88 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures;" and she answers, "By learning the origin of each."

"The warfare with one's self"
December 7, 1935

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