Seeing "every man clearly"

Does how we perceive others really make a difference? It does when we're seeing them spiritually!

Years ago when starting out as a young salesman, I approached my manager one day to ask his opinion of the purchasing agent I was about to visit. I asked him if the agent was an "OK person," and his reply was "Certainly—everyone's OK."

I was intrigued by his answer and often thought about it, as I had always felt instinctively that man had a noble dimension that couldn't be seen. I saw traits such as honesty, intuition, charitableness, love, and unselfishness as hints in this direction. But I was still at a loss to understand how these hints related to the picture of everyday life, where it often seems everyone's certainly not OK.

Years later, after I had become a student of Christian Science, I learned that the view of man as a mere mortal is a false (and misleading) picture and that the real man is spiritual—unseen by the material senses. This real man is the image of God, as the Bible declares him to be in Genesis, where we read, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Gen. 1:27. Man's natural condition, therefore, is spiritual perfection.

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The rhythm of Spirit
January 19, 1987

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