"I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE"

In John's Gospel we read (1:1, 14): "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." Do not these verses sum up the identity of the Word, the Christ and its mission— to make the Christ practical in human experience? Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 332), "Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness." We must first know the Christ subjectively if we are to see its power externalized in human affairs.

The one thing which underlay Christ Jesus' teaching and from which he never wavered was his absolute conviction of his unity with God, his Father. "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30) was the standpoint from which he spoke and worked. And we can see that this standpoint must base all spiritual thinking, for nothing less than the oneness of Principle and idea can be perfect in thought and action. This oneness, however, does not imply sameness but the unseverable relationship of cause and effect.

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