THE STANDARD OF PERFECTION

"The standard of perfection was originally God and man," writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 470 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." As understood in Christian Science, this standard is perpetual, It is the one perfect God, Spirit, Mind, and the one perfect man. God's spiritual idea. This man, described in the first chapter of Genesis as God's image and likeness, is Godlike in every respect. Conversely, he reflects nothing unlike God.

A differing standard, however, is found in the allegorical account of creation in the second chapter of Genesis, where a mist appears. Within the mist, material sense molds a man of dust who knows both good and evil. This sense then tends to envision God as something like man on a magnified scale. The second standard is thus a finite, anthropomorphic God, responsible for evil as well as good, and a confused mortal, who vacillates between the extremes of sin and holiness, sickness and health, life and death. Christian Science declares this standard to be completely erroneous.

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