When God said to Moses, "I AM THAT I AM," He revealed Himself as the one all-inclusive, ever-present divine Principle of that which actually is. The term "I Am," which is used in Christian Science as one of the synonyms for God, is defined on page 588 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy as "God; incorporeal and eternal Mind; divine Principle; the only Ego." And this all-embracing Principle, Mind, Soul, is expressed eternally, changelessly, perfectly, as spiritual man and the universe of spiritual ideas. "The Ego-man," Mrs. Eddy says (ibid., p. 281), "is the reflection of the Ego-God."

Starting with the premise that God is I Am—self-existent Life—it is not possible logically to associate with this creative Principle the thought of a beginning or an end. Neither is it possible to think of divine Principle in terms of past or future, but only as that which eternally and divinely is. The nowness of being is difficult for mortals to grasp because they are so accustomed to let their thinking dwell upon that which was or that which will be, rather than upon that which is. However, through realization of the nowness and allness of being they can gain the peace, the assurance, the poise, the happiness, and the health which are spiritual man's divine heritage.

The presence of I AM is not something that goes and comes. Neither is it made manifest through mesmeric mediumship or by any material means. It is simply the ever-presence or all-presence of divine Mind revealed to human consciousness through the Christ, or "God with us." And the omnipresence of Mind, God, destroys the belief that anything finite, material, or evil has real presence or power. It frees mankind from superstitious beliefs of every kind.

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