Man—TV's ailing mortal or God's compound idea?

Seeing need not be believing. And to television viewers, which includes most of us, this is particularly good news.

TV commercials bombard us with pictures of the complicated physical structure called man, graphically showing us how it can go wrong. One part can swell and ache, another can refuse to function. We are offered a specific remedy that purports either to cure each ailment or to alleviate it enough to enable us to bear the burden of that intricate, undependable apparatus we seem to be stuck with—the material body.

How comforting it is to learn in Christian Science that all these pictures of a disease-prone, material mortal have nothing whatsoever to do with man! Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, unequivocally answers the question "What is man?" In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she starts off with the statement, "Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements." She then indicates that the authority for this statement is the biblical declaration that man is made in the image of God, and she points out that a physical being cannot be that likeness.

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