Christian Science teaches us to behold man as God made him and knows him, the idea or individual expression of divine Love, ceaselessly manifesting perfection and entirely spiritual. This teaching is based on the Bible and accords with reason and revelation.

To be obedient to the requirements of this Science may at times appear difficult, especially when we are confronted with the false evidence of material sense, which asserts that man is a material entity, far removed from perfection, subject to inharmony, liable to sin, disease, and death. Yet from our efforts to demonstrate harmony in our human experience and bless all with whom we come in contact, it becomes clear that there is no path to this desirable end other than to hold thought steadfastly to the truth of perfect God and perfect man, perfect cause and perfect effect.

Occasionally, through lack of spiritual alertness, we may find ourselves experiencing erroneous conditions, and we may be brought up sharply to realize our mistake in not beholding our fellow men and ourselves as purely spiritual, the very manifestation of God, good. We can, however, immediately change our viewpoint. We can hold to the spiritual ideal and zealously guard our thought against self-condemnation. This subtle error would identify us with the false concept of man, which we are striving to forsake. On page 468 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy gives "the scientific statement of being," which reads in part: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all." Truly we cannot remind ourselves too often of this basic truth, nor affirm it too fervently.

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