"The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal." This sentence, fraught with meaning, is found on page 70 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. The prophet Isaiah was stating the same truth when he said of God's creation (40:26), "Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth."

Christian Science makes it clear that one's identity, like that of the star, is his selfsameness, his individual being, which persists eternally. One needs to establish a true sense of identity as God's spiritual image and not drop back into the error of believing himself to be less than God's coexistent expression, the formation of Mind.

To mortal sense, matter seems largely to define identity: one is recognized by the color of his hair and eyes, his size, form, and human character. Material conditions may change one's appearance and nature, may even seem to cause one to disappear in so-called death, to remand dust to dust. But under every circumstance one's identity persists, untouched by material conditions, unchanged even by death. One is forever himself; his identity persists eternally, the reflection of the one infinite individuality—immortal Mind.

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