Man's Identity

Can you and I heal sickness and overcome evil as Jesus did? Can you and I say, "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30)? Can you and I evidence the Christ? The answer is a qualified "Yes." We can and do in proportion as we understand, as Christ Jesus understood, man's spiritual identity as God's idea and the consequent falsity of the belief that man is material, subject to such discordant manifestations of false material belief as sickness, sorrow, and limitation.

"The scientific statement of being," found on page 468 of our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, concludes with these statements: "Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual." Here is a scientifically accurate presentation of man's identity as the reflection of God. "Identity," Mrs. Eddy states on page 477 of the textbook, "is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love."

Jesus emphatically and unhesitatingly affirmed his spiritual identity as the Son of God when he said, "I and my Father are one," and since he is the Way-shower, we can profitably follow his example. His clear understanding of God and of man's identity as the image and likeness of God enabled him to demonstrate the unreality of every phase of the Adam-dream, the dream that man is separated from God and exists as a material personality in a world of matter. This demonstration of man's unity with God, good, evidenced his Christliness.

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Light, Not Condemnation
May 10, 1947

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