The mortal concept of man presents him as subject to chance and change, with the ultimate experience of death and a return to dust. This is not the picture of man which Christian Science presents. It reveals him to be the idea of Spirit, coexistent and coeternal with his creator. In Science we learn that man is fixed; that is, man is secure in divine Mind. The Psalmist sang (Ps. 66:8, 9): "O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved."

Is this spiritual record of man of practical value to the student of Christian Science? Yes! The material concept of man held in thought involves the individual in a maze of mortal beliefs—sin, sickness, discord, and death. The spiritual concept of man's eternal security in Spirit lifts human consciousness ever higher and happifies human existence. In answer to a question from a Christian Scientist, Mary Baker Eddy wrote (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 242): "You can never demonstrate spirituality until you declare yourself to be immortal and understand that you are so. Christian Science is absolute; it is neither behind the point of perfection nor advancing towards it; it is at this point and must be practised therefrom."

From this statement we can see clearly that our work is to identify thought consistently and confidently with the fact of man's eternal, spiritual existence as the son of God. Let us consider our true selfhood in the light of this basic truth of Christian Science. Man is constantly reflecting the perfect action of divine Mind. The recognition of this great truth is a rebuke to every suggestion of the inaction and helplessness so frequently attributed to old age.

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January 21, 1956

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