How Do I See Man?

How do you look upon your neighbor—as a social creature, a business rival, a friend, an enemy, a physical organism, a psychological study, fat, slim, ugly, beautiful, affable, morose, black, white? Just who and what is he? The opinion we have of our fellowmen is often an educated belief, the product of our particular experience and outlook, and we must take into account that what we see is often our own thought projected. As we gain a knowledge of Christian Science, we will be able to see man in the likeness of God; and we will experience more of the harmony of God's law in our human relations.

The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, states that "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals." Science and Health, pp. 476, 477; And the question comes up, "Just what did Jesus behold?" Man is defined in this Science as the child of God, the compound idea of God, the image and likeness of God, the expression of Life, Truth, Love. It is a challenge for us to educate our thought spiritually, to behold the perfect man in place of the mortal concept. And it takes consistent work on our part to maintain this outlook in spite of the testimony of the physical senses. It is no wonder that we need regular periods of study and prayer to refresh our thought with the spiritual truths of being.

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