PERFECTION IS THE NATURAL STATUS OF MAN

"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." This statement of Christ Jesus' (Matt. 5:48) embodies a fundamental teaching of Christian Science; namely, that since God is perfect, man, His image, must express His perfect nature. Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures' (p. 259), "The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man,—as the basis of thought and demonstration."

A dictionary defines "perfect" thus: "Having all the properties naturally belonging to it; complete; sound; flawless." It is natural for God to manifest perfection. It is also natural for man, God's image, to reflect all the properties belonging to God. Therefore it is natural for man to be complete, sound, and flawless.

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