INDIVIDUALITY VERSUS PERSONALITY

To ascertain what constitutes true individuality as revealed in Christian Science, it is essential to know what God really is. In the measure that we understand God, we understand man. To mistaken personal sense, man is conceived of as material personality. To infallible spiritual sense, man is the image and likeness of God. Personal sense erroneously claims that physical elements and characteristics identify the material personality. Unerring spiritual sense knows that the spiritual individuality of man is one with Spirit. Mary Baker Eddy makes this scientific distinction in the declaration (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 544), "Man is the likeness of Spirit, but a material personality is not this likeness."

From what false premise stems the belief that material personality is the identity of man? According to the supposititious law of opposites every genuine and real idea resident in divine Mind has its counterfeit in some material concept of the carnal mind. "Counterfeit" is defined by one dictionary as "fabricated in imitation of something else with a view to defraud." That definition aptly describes the attempt of material personality to simulate spiritual individuality.

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