Do You Know Your Own Identity?

One means of attempting to identify a criminal is to line the suspect up with a number of other people known to be quite unconnected with the crime. Then a witness to the offense is asked to select the offender. But when a suspect has been mistakenly identified, he has never at any point been guilty, although all the evidence may seem to point to him.

Man's innocence as a perfect child of God remains intact, regardless of what the senses would tell us. Appearances can be misleading. We may hear that someone feels ill, that a wound is painful, or that symptoms sound serious. Christian Science teaches us that this testimony is false; to accept it is to be mistaken about identity and to believe ourselves creatures of flesh and blood rather than in our true being created by God and therefore spiritual.

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