We are told in the first chapter of Genesis in the true spiritual record of creation that "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." This glorious statement is the authority for the teaching of Christian Science that God is Father and Mother and that man, reflecting the Father-Mother God, is complete—male and female.

Each child of God expresses Him perfectly, and because God is Spirit, His expression must be spiritual. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 516), "Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God." This revelation of Christian Science that God is Spirit and Father-Mother, and that man is in reality spiritually complete, frees mankind from the restrictions imposed by the beliefs of material science, false theology, and materia medica, based on the erroneous concept of man as mortal and limited. Let us then cast off finite views of material gender and behold ourselves as we really are—complete, perfect, divine creations of Mind, expressing dominion, fulfillment, and satisfaction.

In making practical the teaching of Christian Science that man is the full reflection of Deity, we find it helpful to ponder just how man reflects the infinite Father-Mother. Our Leader states (ibid., p. 517): "The ideal man corresponds to creation, to intelligence, and to Truth. The ideal woman corresponds to Life and to Love." As we apply this enlightening statement to ourselves we see that, whether we appear to human sense as a male or a female, we can express creativeness, intelligence, and Truth, and can also express Life and Love. With this reasoning we begin to realize that actually we are the male and female that the Father-Mother has made in His own likeness.

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