"Can there be any birth or death for man, the spiritual image and likeness of God?" Mary Baker Eddy asks this question on page 206 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." The belief of age, including birth, growth, maturity, and decline, rests on a false material concept of man. The understanding of man's true status replaces this false concept with proof of man's unchanging spiritual birthright. Christian Science gives us this understanding. It teaches us that the years do not bring changes or increase age; only false belief, which is subject to correction, does this. We learn through Science that man is indeed the image and likeness of God, ageless and immortal; and we learn that by accepting and living this truth, we can prove it in our daily lives.

Christ Jesus realized eternal life. He said (John 8:58), "Before Abraham was, I am," and he proved man's eternality visibly to Peter, James, and John. The Bible relates that he was transfigured before them. We read also (Matt. 17:3), "There appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him." Jesus was our Way-shower. He knew God as the Life of man; therefore he knew man as the very expression of eternal Life. He knew the grandeur of man, the newness of man in the likeness of God, and he knew that any appearance of mortality was completely deceptive. He brought forth proof that man reflects or shows forth the ageless being of God.

In our day-by-day human experience, until we begin to awake to the Christly sense of man that Jesus gave us, we often allow ourselves to be fooled by material thinking. We believe in the process of growing from childhood to manhood and then from manhood declining toward death, and we believe that each birthday adds another year toward this end.

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