In the study of Christian Science we learn that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Is God young or old? He is neither, because He is immortal, incorporeal, perfect, and changeless. Man is ageless because God is ageless. Man possesses all the qualities of God by reflection—not only now and then in moments of spiritual illumination, but continuously. Can one, then, be robbed of these qualities given to man by God, robbed of his alertness, his capacities, through the passing of days and years? No, because that would be a contradiction of the spiritual fact that man reflects God, not just in part, but in completeness, always.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 246): "The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun. As the physical and material, the transient sense of beauty fades, the radiance of Spirit should dawn upon the enraptured sense with bright and imperishable glories." One can grow only one way—Spiritward.

St. Paul urged men to have the Mind that was in Christ Jesus. He also referred to putting off the old man and putting on the new. Christian Science shows us the way to grow out of a false sense of self and to attain the new man. Through the understanding of true selfhood as spiritual, perfect, complete, harmonious, and ageless now and forever, one outgrows the belief that he is a mortal, encumbered and enslaved by laws of deterioration.

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