The Sunday School Teacher

In her definition of "children" on page 582 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy identifies them as "the spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love."

The understanding that there are no undeveloped ideas in the divine Mind—and therefore none in the consciousness of man as divine Mind's reflection—is of the utmost importance to the Christian Science Sunday School teacher, who is confronted with the suggestion that he has before him, as his pupils, an imperfect state of thought, to which he, from the standpoint of his greater knowledge of Truth, must give information. The suggestion is a subtle one, because it cloaks its inconsistencies in the disguise of altruism, picturing the benevolent or superior human person helping the needy one. The Sunday school teacher, accepting as the basis of his metaphysical work the Biblical statement that "God created man in his own image," will be alert to refuse the suggestion that Mind, the infinite creator, can show itself as less than divinely intelligent in any phase of its expression, or that in this allness of divine Mind there is another mind to cope with.

That which appears through the mystification of the human concept as the undeveloped thinking of childhood is merely the human misconception of the divine idea—already complete, perfect, and unfolding from the standpoint of the Mind which creates it. On page 61 of "Unity of Good," Mrs. Eddy tells us, "To material sense, Jesus first appeared as a helpless human babe; but to immortal and spiritual vision he was one with the Father, even the eternal idea of God, that was—and is—neither young nor old, neither dead nor risen." That which was divinely true of Jesus is divinely true of each individual expression of the Father, including that which humanly appears as children.

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Man Is the Expression of Mind
March 14, 1942

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