In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy this interesting question is asked (p. 477): "What are body and Soul?" The answer reads in part, "Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love." Knowing well how careful our Leader was to give every word its rightful place and meaning, we can profitably consider this answer and thereby become better acquainted with our true identity. A dictionary defines identity thus: "Sameness of essential character.... Selfsameness; oneness." A great teaching of Christian Science is not only that man is one with God, but that he is the image and likeness of perfect Mind, thus in no way material, but spiritual and perfect.

The beginner in the study of this Science may ask: "Is my body spiritual? Did God make it?" Here wisdom demands a careful answer, but it may certainly be pointed out that Mrs. Eddy shows clearly in her writings that identity is solely under the control and government of the one Mind, God. Gradually the student learns to identify his selfhood with reality, to know that his incorporeal being manifests God's nature; and he learns to reject as unreal the living evidence of the material senses, wherein exist all beliefs of flesh and suffering. The outcome of this right identification is divine healing, bringing more harmony into his experience.

August 12, 1950

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