"The present is ours"

"It is well to know, dear reader, that our material, mortal history is but the record of dreams, not of man's real existence, and the dream has no place in the Science of being." So writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 21 of "Retrospection and Introspection." "Man's real existence," then, is not found in "material, mortal history," which is a "record of dreams." Christ Jesus declared, "God is a Spirit." In Genesis it is stated that God made man in His image and likeness. Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 468): "Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual." These statements set forth a great and liberating truth. Is it not to this truth of man's spirituality that Jesus referred when he said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"?

The knowing of our immortal spiritual selfhood frees us from the bondage imposed by beliefs of materiality. But we can know the freeing truth only as we turn from this "record of dreams," this unreal mortal history with its claim of material ancestry and many inherited physical and mental tendencies. God is the divine Parent, the Father-Mother, who created man in His own image and likeness. Therefore, in reality we can inherit nought but His eternal goodness. It follows naturally that there is, in truth, no mortal history, no devastating past. God's man dwells in the ever-present now, and is as harmonious and indestructible as his creator, God, Spirit.

Does not the knowing of this eternal truth of being free thought from fears and regrets which claim to be a part of mortal so-called existence? Yes, indeed; and through the earnest study of Christian Science many grateful men and women are gaining the consciousness of perfect God and perfect man, which has no part in mortal history—history which is but "the record of dreams."

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The Importance of Testimony
February 21, 1942

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