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Some people are greatly comforted to think of God as caring for them at every phase of their human existence—in childhood, maturity, and old age. And certainly the divine Father always does take care of all His offspring. Mrs. Eddy writes, "The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness." Science and Health, p. 151; The understanding of this spiritual fact has a vitalizing effect on the human mind and body. It develops the strength and good qualities of those who seem to be immature. And it refreshes, reenergizes, and revivifies those who seem to have become exhausted.
But in metaphysics, man, the image and likeness of God, is never at any time an immature infant. He is not a well-developed corporeal being in the prime of material existence. Nor is he a mentally and physically declining mortal. The real man does not begin as a helpless child, then grow through stages to become strong and effective, afterwards to decline into a second phase of helplessness.
Christian Science explains that man is always the perfect, spiritual, incorporeal idea of Life and Love. He perpetually reflects the intelligent qualities of the divine Mind, the strength of eternal Truth, the vitality and energy of inexhaustible Spirit. He is timeless, ageless, not coming and going in a matter-universe but existing forever in the presence of, and maintained in perfect health and harmony by, the divine creator, "with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17;
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Undiminishing Strength and Vitality
LARNED L. TUTTLE
The Support of the Christ
EDWIN R. ALLEY
Our Talent to Love
JEANNE STEELY LAITNER
THE RISEN MAN
Kate Holland Patton
"Each succeeding year..."
Pep Pills or Divine Energy?
SHARON SLATON HOWELL
Unfading Beauty and Strength
ANNETTE JEAN HORNSTEIN-JANPOL
RALPH E. WAGERS
God Never Made a Hurt
Grace Soden Haerle
Man's Sinless Origin
Carl J. Welz
The early years of my married life had been devoted to much...
Clayton B. Thomas
One day in February, 1970, while I was painting a picture...
I first learned about Christian Science many years ago when I...
Bertha Kline Schenck with contributions from Jodie Ellen Fisher
Christian Science is becoming more and more a way of life to me...
H. Gladys Martin
I first became acquainted with Christian Science through my...
Harriet Ann Gahr with contributions from Ted Gahr, Donald M. Griswold