"The perfect Friend"

Bible students are familiar with the challenging statement in the thirty-third chapter of Exodus that God spoke to Moses "as a man speaketh unto his friend." In her Communion Hymn, Mary Baker Eddy addresses the Christ, the manifestation of God, as "friend of the friendless," and elsewhere in the Christian Science Hymnal, God is referred to as "our God and Friend," "our heavenly Friend," "my best, my ever Friend," and "the perfect Friend."

It is clear that God is not a friend in the ordinary human sense of the term, because He is not human or corporeal. He is the divine Principle, Love—infinite Mind, Life, and Spirit. But it becomes evident to the student of Christian Science as he progresses in understanding and demonstration that he has discovered in this divine Principle something surpassing human friendship, even at its best.

October 31, 1942

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