Spiritually Able or Physically Disabled?

Are physical and mental disabilities realities or illusions?

Have you—probably without thinking—ever labeled yourself or others as being stupid, unloving, unjust, sick, weak? Or, even more specifically, as being nervous, having a bad heart, high blood pressure, and so on? How many times have you had such thoughts about someone you passed on the street?

Christian Science teaches that God made man in His image, spiritual and perfect; therefore man is God's exact likeness. You notice, now, we're speaking of spiritual man, not the limited, human concept of man. In Rudimental Divine Science Mary Baker Eddy writes: "A mortal and material body is not the actual individuality of man made in the divine and spiritual image of God. The material body is not the likeness of Spirit; hence it is not the truth of being, but the likeness of error—the human belief which saith there is more than one God,—there is more than one Life and one Mind." Rud., p. 13; Can the real man, then, be disabled in any way? The answer, of course, is No.

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July 14, 1973

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