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To a woman who had had five husbands and was living with a man who was not her husband, Christ Jesus revealed the nature of the "living water." If he showed his disapproval, could it not be that Jesus also detected in her a desire for something better than the lot generally given to women in a world ruled by men? Whatever he recognized in her, he said to her, "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14;
This revelation is surely a message to both men and women who may be seeking liberation from the myth of dependence upon someone of the opposite sex. In the Science Jesus lived and taught, man depends upon God alone. Christian Science explains that God is both Father and Mother, and that man, the image and likeness of God, is the reflection or idea of God's manhood and womanhood.
Each of us is really a complete idea, including both masculine and feminine qualities. But because of the tenacity of the belief that man comes first and that woman is made for his benefit, our efforts to realize our completeness fall short of our ideal. Although we think of the woman qualities as deserving of equal status with the man qualities, we seldom expect that women can achieve equality without the consent of men.
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Freedom and Completeness
ROSE M. HENNIKER-HEATON
Women in the World: A Man's View
Christian Science in an Age of Revolution
HUBERTA F. RANDALL
Reflect God's Freedom of Action
JAMES ROBERT CORBETT
Watching from "afar off"
ELIZABETH LOVE ROTHE
David Littlefield Horn
An Interview: with a Journalist
with contributions from Elizabeth Pond
Margery MacDonald Cantlon
The Christian Science Board of Directors
Carl J. Welz
The Light That Heals
Alan A. Aylwin
I hope that this testimony will comfort anyone who is yearning...
Betty W. Hurlburt with contributions from Robert A. Hurlburt
I am grateful to God for the many, many healings I have had...
Ethel Minns Lucus with contributions from Winifred E. Symons
As a student of Christian Science I have had so much proof of...
Richard G. Lake with contributions from G. Eileen Lake
My mother was introduced to Christian Science by a neighbor...
Marguerite McMurry Gygax with contributions from Edward Ernest Gygax
Signs of the Times