The wise course in making a decision is to do only that which will increase one's spirituality. It is easy to understand the reason why this counsel is good, for that which will increase our spirituality will increase our consciousness of our at-one-ment with God, whom Mary Baker Eddy defines in part in the Glossary of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 587) as "Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence."

The great tragedy in the history of mortals lies in their acceptance of the belief that man is an entity separate and apart from his creator. All erroneous human thinking is based upon this fallacy, this acceptance of the account of the creation of man as given in the second chapter of Genesis, which says that he was formed of the dust of the ground and that the Lord God breathed into this separate thing the breath of life.

What does the first account of creation say about man? Why, this (Gen. 1:26, 27): "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion. ... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." And then at the end of the chapter we find this transcendent declaration: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." How clear it is then that whatever enables us more clearly to understand God and to recognize our relation to Him will unfold good and only good in our experience. What really takes place is that we shall thereby acknowledge the good already here.

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