In replying to a recent letter...

Milngavie and Bearsden Herald

In replying to a recent letter in your paper by "The Chief," wherein it is inferred that a combination of Spirit and matter is both desirable and necessary for human beings to reach perfection, it must be reiterated that the real man, God's likeness, is perfect now; he is not required to work up to perfection. God is wholly perfect, and everything which he creates reflects His perfection; or, in Biblical language, is "very good." Since man is the child of God, he naturally expresses perfection because, in every instance, like produces like.

It should here be noted that when Christian Science refers to the perfect man, it is God's man—the spiritual or real man—that is referred to and not mortal man, a false concept of man—"a burlesque of God's man," as Mary Baker Eddy, the author of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," aptly describes him on page 92.

It is natural for one to inquire where matter or the material universe came from, since Christian Science avers that God never made it. If God never made matter, then it is unreal, untrue; it is in the nature of a lie, a mistake or error. You cannot say where the mistake came from any more than you can tell where the arithmetical error that two plus two equals five originates. As soon as you understand that two plus two equals four, the error vanishes.

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