In our study of Christian Science we see that the basis of all correct reasoning regarding God and man necessarily stems from the primary declaration in the first chapter of Genesis (26, 27): "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." This statement immediately satisfies reason and logic because God, the self-existent intelligent cause, or Mind, must have His manifestation in that which reflects and expresses Him. Paul in his epistle to the Hebrews refers to Christ Jesus as "the express image" of the power of God. To express means to show forth by a likeness, to represent and resemble—to manifest. Man is the expression of Mind's being. He reveals and expresses the presence of divine Mind. Man as expression shows forth the character and nature of God.

In Science we see that man, being God's representation, makes Deity, or Mind, manifest, Man, then, is spiritually and divinely mental, As Mind's idea he not only expresses Mind, he is the expression of Mind—the perfect and complete expression. Referring to this, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 470): "God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect. Man is the expression of God's being. If there ever was a moment when man did not express the divine perfection, then there was a moment when man did not express God, and consequently a time when Deity was unexpressed— that is, without entity."

October 6, 1951

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