Genuine Renewal

Christian Science unfolds the possibility of a long, vigorous, and useful human life. The study and application of this Science reveals to human consciousness the changeless strength and harmony of man as the ineradicable expression of God, the one I AM or Life. An understanding of this fact refreshes, invigorates, and sustains human existence, and step by step brings it closer to the ideal of deathless spiritual existence. Mrs. Eddy tells us: "Man is not the offspring of flesh, but of Spirit,—of Life, not of matter. Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent. Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase." Science and Health, pp. 289, 290;

Mortal man seems to wear out and die because he conceives of himself as a sentient material machine controlled by a brain-centered mind. According to this belief various parts of the human machine become run down or defective and then cease to function. But Christian Science teaches that the physical sense of man is an illusion, a mortally mental phenomenon, and it sets aside its destructive tendencies through the power of spiritually enriched thought.

However, at the present time much publicity is being given to the replacement of defective physical organs by transplant operations. This technique promises to give one a new lease on life, and in some cases it seems to make good its claims. Students of Christian Science admire the skill, dedication, and humanitarianism of the surgeons who perform these operations, but their religion teaches them that such material means evade the real issue. They are temporary expedients that never touch or remove the basic cause of the trouble.

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November 9, 1968

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