"Thou art mine"

It is commonly believed by mankind that man is mortal, made of matter, and that he is related to, but has an identity quite apart from, God. The teaching of Christ Jesus and Christian Science is just the opposite, namely, that man is actually made of the substance of Spirit, Mind; that he is spiritual and indissolubly united to Mind, or God. His status is that of Mind's idea, and he has no identity apart from God, his only real Life. He enjoys the closest possible oneness and unity with God—even the unity that idea must always enjoy with its causative Mind.

A mortal thinks of his identity as the result of processes of material generation, and believes that he has a life, mind, will, and way of his own; that he must hew out his niche in a world of mortals, elbow his way forward or be pushed backward in humanity's crowd. He thinks of his life, his mind, his desires, ambitions, and abilities as his possessions. Personal possession looms large in his thought. He thinks much on what he personally possesses or would like to possess.

But God, infinite Mind, the one real Ego, the only I AM, is in Science, the unchallenged possessor of all that is real. David saw this truth when he said, "The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein" (Ps. 24:1). God, speaking through Isaiah, thus declares His absolute possession of man, "Thou art mine" (Isa. 43:1).

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