Proving man's present spirituality

"Religions in general admit that man becomes finally spiritual. If such is man's ultimate, his predicate tending thereto is correct, and inevitably spiritual. Wherefore, then, smite the reformer who finds the more spiritual way, shortens the distance, discharges burdensome baggage, and increases the speed of mortals' transit from matter to Spirit—yea, from sin to holiness? This is indeed our sole proof that Christ, Truth, is the way." Message to The Mother Church for 1902, p. 10;

These abundantly encouraging words are by Mary Baker Eddy. And she, having discovered and demonstrated Christian Science, is the reformer par excellence. Through Science, our thought is led and formed by Spirit, God. When we learn that man is the ideal manifestation of immutable Spirit, then we also know that man never existed any other way but perfectly and can never have any quality inconsistent with total spirituality. We have this truly marvelous healing perception of man, God's outcome, because of the understanding Christian Science gives us of Deity.

Religious thought may accept that Deity exists unchangingly and that His power is a present fact. But it takes thought open to Christianly scientific truth to accept man's immediate and eternal perfection, and to validate this fact in healing. Surely, an enormous contribution of Science is to teach us to understand and prove that man is immortal and spiritual today and here. "Mortal man" is not the description of what we are. Mortal man is a supposition—a contradictory, self-canceling claim—of material consciousness. The phrase indicates something that is not within the circumference of Love, and therefore not real.

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