Being Is Individual

As thought was turned to God one day on behalf of one who had asked for Christian Science treatment, the following line of reasoning presented itself: "Well, to begin with, as a child of God man is not the son of a man and a woman, who are in turn the son and the daughter of two other men and two other women." Following through this reasoning for a few moments to see what the human belief in descent entails, the Christian Scientist was interested to find that each infant of today is believed to have had more than fifteen thousand male and female antecedents since Columbus discovered America. In spite of this complexity, however, each of us is considered to be individual.

Being is indeed individual, and our intuitive sense of permanent individuality is fully justified by a sure and immovable foundation of spiritual fact. We must, however, turn a complete "about face" in our thinking if we are to understand this fact of individual being. The belief in animality must give place to the understanding of spirituality.

In view of the generally accepted premise that the infant is the product of the mingling and intermingling of mortal personalities, as well as of the superstitions, hopes, fears, triumphs, and defeats of the human race, is it any wonder that confusion and despair seem to prevail in the experience of mortals? Christian Science exposes this theory as wholly erroneous. It enables us to understand true individuality. It makes clear that individuality has to do with oneness and purity, not with multiplicity and confusion. It reveals God as the eternal, infinite One, individual and indivisible. It then brings to view the eternal fact that our individuality consists in and of our individual relationship to and with the infinite One, whereby we manifest Him as individual idea or image. It shows that as the countless numbers and fractions in mathematics are multiples and divisibles of one, so the endless variety of individuality manifest in creation is the evidence of the infinite One or God divine Life, Truth, and Love. Isaiah recognized this fact and gave voice to Truth in the words, "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen."

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Good Neighbors
March 11, 1944

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