Because man is made in the image and likeness of God, as the Bible teaches, he is forever manifesting and expressing the nature of God, Spirit, Soul. Therefore man is incorporeal, inorganic, and indestructible. Also, he is always well. The man of God's creating lives in the realm of spiritual sense, of divine reality, which is entirely apart from the material sense of existence. This spiritual consciousness, or dwelling place, of the real man is depicted by the prophet Isaiah in these words (33:24): "The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity." Therefore, as one accepts the spiritual fact that man and the universe are creations of God, Spirit, he also accepts the demonstrable fact that the real man is a wholly spiritual being and is never sick. The way to demonstrate this truth of man is found in the life and the works of Christ Jesus.

When he arrived at the home of Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, for the purpose of healing his daughter. Jesus was told that the girl was dead. Refusing to accept that statement as the truth concerning the girl, Jesus replied (Luke 8:52), "Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth." Then, putting out all those holding the binding beliefs of fear, hopelessness, and death, he turned to the girl and told her to arise. Immediately she was alive and well. In the Master's sight she had always been so. His spiritual understanding of God's eternally perfect child enabled him to destroy all the beliefs of the carnal mind claiming to govern the situation.

Mary Baker Eddy discovered the laws of God, upon which Jesus' works were based, and she made this healing method available in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." There she makes this statement (p. 18): "Jesus acted boldly, against the accredited evidence of the senses, against Pharisaical creeds and practices, and he refuted all opponents with his healing power." Because mankind have been educated to accept as real the evidence of the material senses, which falsely claim that man is a sick, suffering mortal, it takes the courage born of true spiritual understanding to face this evidence and say, "Man is always well."

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