No Condemnation of the Real Man

Referring to spiritual man, Mrs. Eddy says on page 259 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "In divine Science, man is the true image of God." Since God is infinite good—perfect—His image must be perfect. Students of Christian Science, with an understanding of spiritual being, are thus conscious of the perfection of the real man. And nothing can alter this truth, nothing can reverse it, because God, the Principle of man's being, is unchangeable, eternal. The great spiritual truth that God and spiritual man are perfect, is a constant support to the Christian Scientist in all his thinking and in all his work.

But what is to be said of mortal man, who seems to sicken, sin, and die? Is mortal man of God? Did God create him? God, perfect Mind, could not cause or create anything unlike Himself, anything imperfect, anything that could sicken, sin, and die. Moreover, God who is infinite Spirit could not create anything unspiritual—anything material. So mortal man has no identity, no reality.

Since the real, spiritual man is perfect, being God's image or reflection, he is never subject to condemnation. He reflects only good, since God is infinite good; and good is always worthy, always commendable. It is different, however, with so-called mortal man, who believes in matter and evil. Whatever he may appear to manifest that is not good must be condemned. Hence, the material or evil beliefs entertained by mortals are all subject to condemnation. Because the belief of sin is not good, because the belief of disease is not good, because the beliefs of inharmony, suffering, sorrow, lack, fear, are not good, they are subject to condemnation, in the scientific sense of the word.

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Reflected Love
December 18, 1937

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