"Beloved , now are we the sons of God." Do we really accept without mental reservation this glorious declaration of the beloved disciple as found in I John 3:2, which is read every Sunday in all Christian Science churches?

What does it mean to be the son of God now? It means to have the absolute conviction that God is All and that nothing exists outside of His allness; that He is Life; that He is Mind; and that therefore we can have no Life, or consciousness, apart from God. It means the recognition of ourselves not as mortal personalities having minds and wills of our own, good or evil, but as ideas of God, divine Mind, expressing only His will. It means to know God not only as our Father, but as our Mother, nourishing and sustaining us individually, and to understand that actually we have no individuality apart from Him. In response to the question, "Do you believe in God?" Mary Baker Eddy says (Unity of Good, p. 48): "I believe more in Him than do most Christians, for I have no faith in any other thing or being. He sustains my individuality. Nay, more—He is my individuality and my Life."

To be sons of God means also, and very essentially, to know that we are not the sons of human parents. We must be convinced of the falsity of the whole fabrication of mortal existence and deny the beliefs of material conception, birth, growth, maturity, decay, and death by knowing that in reality we live in and of Spirit, since God is the only source or creator, our only Parent. As the sons of God we have no human heredity which must be overcome, or from which we can suffer either physically or morally. This is the Christianly scientific fact of true manhood.

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