" 'Man' means the selfhood of every... individual"

One, not two

When I first began to study Christian Science, I read what Mrs. Eddy says of man on page 476 of Science and Health: "... man is not mortal nor material. Mortals will disappear, and immortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man." And I said to myself: How can I not be a mortal? Here I am! What is going to disappear?

In the years since then, I have come to understand better this statement, which another passage clarified for me: "The true idea of man, as the reflection of the invisible God, is as incomprehensible to the limited senses as is man's infinite Principle." Science and Health, p. 337; I see now that I am not to emphasize the physical body which seems to be me, for that is only a lie about me.

Counting the ways
April 10, 1978

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