Relinquishing the Human Concept

MARY BAKER EDDY has written in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 353): "If one asks me, Is my concept of you right? I reply, The human concept is always imperfect; relinquish your human concept of me, or of any one, and find the divine, and you have gained the right one—and never until then." This is a most interesting admonition and points to a necessary procedure, involving a mental transformation, an accomplishment within the reach of every sincere student of Christian Science. If we would see beyond the human concept of man as material, we must take our stand on the side of Truth, as revealed in Christian Science, and maintain that position. The continuous demonstration of what we know of God makes it possible to replace the false mental picture with the truth of spiritual being.

Mortals, in association with one another, are prone to look for and acknowledge human resemblances. Thus is belief in the mortal dream of a life apart from God emphasized, while the man of God's creating awaits recognition. Sometimes, there seems to be a smug satisfaction in calling attention to human likenesses, so long as the resemblance appears pleasing, but there is corresponding distress when a hereditary weakness appears evident. Christian Scientists are awake to the fact that material personality is not the real man, and ponder what the Master meant when he said, "Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."

A Spiritual Experience
January 25, 1941

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