Two students of Christian Science, traveling south on a western highway, suddenly came upon a vast field of glowing sunflowers, acres upon acres of them, all facing with perfect unanimity to the light. This light and warmth of the sun was to them an irresistible force, a compelling and unwavering attraction. These students thought how much this attraction of the sunflower toward the light exemplified the attraction of man to God. Life with its eternal, never-ebbing, ever-present attraction, possessing all the properties of Mind, the beauties of Soul, and the warmth and tenderness of Love, is forever holding man, the idea of Spirit, in the kingdom of heaven, the reign of harmony.

Mortals often seem attracted by false appetites and sensual pleasures or find themselves stumbling in the darkness of fear, sickness, loneliness, and lack, not following the light of Truth. Yet, in reality, the spiritual man—the only man there really is—can never turn away from the attraction of Truth, God, for man is guided always by divine light and is subject only to God. Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 458, 459), "Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light." And on page 265 she declares, "Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual,— they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite,—in order that sin and mortality may be put off."

God sees all His creatures as harmonious, beautiful, symmetrical, reflecting all His qualities; never does He see them as drab, malformed, or under the shadow of fear, lack, sorrow, sin, or sickness. God is infinite light, while mortal mind is always shadow, for it can neither produce light nor reflect it. God is not aware of the unreal, the unlovely, the dream shadow. The Bible says of Him (Hab. 1:13), "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity."

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