A Good mirror reflects the exact likeness of the object in front of it, while a poor mirror shows an unclear and imperfect reflection of the same object. If we wish to know what we look like, we look at our reflection in a good mirror. If unintentionally or perhaps for fun we stand in front of a freak mirror and see a distorted or even frightening image of ourselves, we are not troubled, because our knowledge of the freak mirror reassures us that we are not like that.

In our everyday experiences we can decide which of two mirrors we shall use. One is what Mary Baker Eddy describes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 515) as the mirror of divine Science. In this we see ourselves as we really are, spiritual, perfect, made in the image and likeness of God. In the other, which we may call the mirror of the false belief in the reality of matter, we see a multitude of distorted images. Most of them are undesirable, some of them are disturbing, and all of them are untrue and not the least like our real selves.

Christian Science makes the revolutionary statement that there is no matter, but this fact does not mean that all we see around us is just nothing, a vacuum. There can be no vacuity in a universe where God is omnipresent. Our false sense, our materiality, sees "through a glass, darkly" (I Cor. 13:12) and calls what it sees matter and mortal man.

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