"HOW IS GOD'S CHILD TODAY?"

A little girl was invited by a neighbor to visit a Christian Science Sunday School one summer while the one she had been attending was closed. Very soon she owned a copy of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. Through this book and a copy of the Bible, together with the loving guidance of the Sunday School teacher, she began to learn something about herself that she had never known before. She learned that in reality she was God's perfect child, made in His image and likeness, as the first chapter of Genesis states. Moreover, she was taught that this image and likeness is not material but spiritual, for the definition of God in the textbook is as follows (p. 465): "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." Since God is all good and perfect, His reflection, or child, must be good and perfect. This impressed the child so vividly that she was often heard declaring aloud at home, "I am God's perfect child."

An uncle who knew nothing about Christian Science thought this statement of his niece's very amusing. Whenever they met he would ask, "How is God's child today?" Very soon, however, the family noticed that a condition of deafness which the little girl had manifested had disappeared. The doctors had pronounced this condition incurable, even recommending that she be sent to a school to learn lip reading. But she was healed permanently.

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