Christ Jesus lifted the concept of good from a personal virtue to the omniaction of the divine creator when he said to a ruler who had called him "good Master" (Luke 18:18), "Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God." Mary Baker Eddy links God and omniaction in her definition of "good" in the Glossary of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Here is the full text (p. 587): "Good. God; Spirit; omnipotence; omniscience; omnipresence; omni-action." Thus we are led to grasp the meaning of good in its deific and scientific implication of action.

Good is never abstract. One cannot really know justice or peaceableness, usefulness or love, purity or intelligence, except as these spiritual qualities characterize individual action. And one learns in Christian Science that any genuine good he sees expressed or which he himself expresses is evidence of one omniactive Principle, God. There is no good apart from God, and the good that is God is infinite action; it is going on all the time, everywhere; it is demonstrable as universal, scientific power. Genuine good is available to us all, but in order to prove its power, we must express it; spiritual good must become active in our thinking.

The unity of God and man, His image and likeness, is such that it is through man that God manifests His divine attributes. In fact, God constitutes His man of His attributes, which define good in its various aspects. Thus it is that joy, wisdom, truthfulness, and the like, are powers of divine Mind which are ceaselessly active in one's real identity. In scientific being, the function of identity is to manifest the divine attributes, and man cannot lose a single one. This explains the need for one to express the divine character actively in human life in order to bring to light the real man and the dominion which accompanies the divine nature.

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