"We believe in you!"

An attendant in a Christian Science Reading Room glanced up from her work one day to see a large, dilapidated-looking truck being parked outside the door. Two long-haired, bearded young men got out. As they walked away, one said to the other, "Christian Science Reading Room. I sure don't believe in them!"

The attendant's first reaction was one of mingled amusement at the remark and exasperation at the young's sloppy appearance. Almost immediately, however, came the realization that to be consistent with the spiritual thinking she had just been doing she would have to get a better view of these young people.

She had been working with the verse from Genesis that reads, "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Gen. 1:31; Earlier in the same chapter is found the statement that God had made man in His image and likeness. The logical conclusion was that man was good; not just some but all were included in this goodness. In connection with this she had also turned to Mrs. Eddy's statement in Science and Health: "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick." Science and Health, pp. 476, 477; Her work had been to see each individual as an instance of this perfect man, as an orderly idea, receptive to all that is good and pure. With joy she acknowledged that outward appearance or uncomprehending remarks could never keep these two young men from being a cherished and needed part of God's creation.

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Why Are We Doing It?
July 25, 1970

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