A High School Student Writes

The Real Man

Speaking of God, Mrs. Eddy tells us on page 472 of Science and Health, "That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made." This points out our duty as Christian Scientists: to see man as he really is. One might think that doing this is a lot easier than healing a physical disorder. However, it is not, because it is easier to see oneself as perfect than to see one's fellowmen as perfect.

It seems hard to overcome envy. I have to take myself in hand and realize that God gives all His children the same qualities. Like the men in the Bible who were given the talents, I, as well as everyone else, must put to use what God gives. Then if the thought occurs that some person has more than I in the way of money, perhaps, or other worldly goods, I remember right away that matter, whatever form it takes, has no power. This thought helps a great deal.

Often feelings of prejudice arise, because of either religion or color. If a person seems to manifest a certain objectionable quality and I attribute it to his race or religion, at once I correct my thought and realize that God made man in the image and likeness of Himself. God is not capable of creating matter and conflicting minds. God is the only Mind and is Spirit. In the Bible we read, "God that made the world and all things therein,... hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth" (Acts 17: 24, 26).

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