Gaining the Correct View

Some motorists, driving along a secluded valley road, suddenly noticed the gable of a barn which seemed half buried in the greenness of the mountainside. No house was visible, but as the road curved and the ascent of a hill was begun, a portion of a white farmhouse came into view. Farther up there were glimpses of a garden and a welltrimmed lawn. It was not, however, until the crest of the hill was reached that the travelers were able to gain a full view of this isolated homestead. Then the complete picture spread out before them—substantial squareness of the house with its orderly layout of barn and adjoining buildings, the green lawn, plowed land, and cattle grazing leisurely in the sunshine. Every detail visible from the elevation enhanced the beauty of the picture.

The recollection of this experience has been helpful to the writer in grasping the meaning of our Leader's oft-quoted statement from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 476, 477): "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 ownlikeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick." God's image and likeness never changes, but we see more of this perfect image as we change our mental attitude. As thought is spiritualized, we gain glimpses of the real man, but our view is often marred by the imperfections of sense testimony which would obstruct our clear vision and hinder demonstration.

November 6, 1937

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