"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matt. 5:48). These words are a challenge to every right-thinking individual. But the question frequently arises, How can man be as perfect as the Father when on all sides one sees sickness and sin, hatred and fear, lack and unhappiness? These pictures which the five physical senses present are not true of the real, spiritual man made in the image and likeness of God. Christian Science clearly points out the difference between man and mankind. Man, God's image, is the manifestation of the health, harmony, and wholeness of Mind; he is governed by the law of God and exists forever at the standpoint of perfection; whereas mankind, representing the Adamic race, are sinning mortals, subject to the so-called forces of material law.

Christian Science teaches that the wrong picture, or inverted concept, of man begins to disappear and the true idea of real being is gained as one spiritualizes his thought, maintaining perfection instead of imperfection as one's true status. In the degree one adheres persistently to this fact, in spite of the so-called carnal mind's aggressive suggestion of imperfection, he sees through the mesmeric illusion of a corporeal selfhood, and perceives man's true selfhood, spiritual and perfect.

The clear perception of man's infallible perfection is vitally important to one's well-being, as was proved in the following experience. During the so-called depression period a student of Christian Science entered a new line of work. Conditions were not very favorable, however, and within a short time he was tempted to quit because the relations between his employer and himself were becoming increasingly strained.

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October 4, 1947

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