For centuries men have turned to God as an ever-present help in time of trouble. Isaiah voiced God's promise of succor to Israel in these encouraging words (Isa. 41:10): "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

One finds as he studies Christian Science that God is not a power or presence existing apart from man but that He is inseparable from His creation. Jesus said (John 10:30), "I and my Father are one." Through the revelation of Christian Science we are enabled increasingly to understand the divine oneness of being and to prove its practicality in overcoming fear and disease.

This Science reveals God as omnipresent Mind and the real man as the unseverable reflection of Mind. All the intelligence, understanding, and wisdom of Mind is reflected by man. Mary Baker Eddy writes (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 57): "Man shines by borrowed light. He reflects God as his Mind, and this reflection is substance,—the substance of good."

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