Conclusive Evidence

"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil." Job 1:1; Most of us are familiar with the story that follows, telling how Job was set upon by evil and relating the ensuing conflict between flesh and Spirit.

Many have pondered Job's plight and have sympathized with this good man's sufferings. According to the teachings of Christian Science, however, suffering is the self-imposed belief of mortals and not a fact of being. Therefore when alert Christian Scientists get into trouble, they do not accept suffering as God-imposed and unavoidable. Instead, they work mentally to replace these suffering beliefs with spiritual facts, and in the proportion that they do this, their suffering disappears.

What are some of the basic truths that relieve human suffering? The Bible states, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him." Gen. 1:27; The fact here is that man is Godlike. Therefore, since God is Spirit and man is Godlike, man must be spiritual and not like the Adam man, metaphorically described as being created by God from dust, or like the Eve woman, explained as originating from Adam's rib. God's Word clearly states that the flesh—dust, ribs, and so forth—is opposed to Spirit. Therefore it cannot be relied on to witness for Him or for His creation. Thus one denies the false and unreliable claims of the material senses, the evidences of discord and suffering, and fills his consciousness with the truth of his spiritual selfhood.

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