Understanding Oneself in Science

We know no more of man as the true divine image and likeness, than we know of God," Mrs. Eddy writes on page 258 of Science and Health. To gain an understanding of himself in Christian Science, one must turn his attention from physicality, from whatever identifies him with mindless matter, to the mental, moral, and spiritual qualities which indicate the higher selfhood that each one of us has as the image and likeness of God. Such qualities obviously have their source in Spirit, not in matter.

The material senses cognize only what is finite and temporal. They cannot, then, be of any aid in acquainting us with our true spiritual identity. It takes spiritual sense to grasp the realities of our being, and we each have the ability to discern the perfection, purity, and freedom with which God has endowed us. In fact, spiritual sense is inherent in us. It is a part of our divine heritage. But we need to acknowledge and exercise it, otherwise it will remain dormant. As Mrs. Eddy writes (ibid., p. 359), "Even though you aver that the material senses are indispensable to man's existence or entity, you must change the human concept of life, and must at length know yourself spiritually and scientifically."

April 20, 1963

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