Getting to know ourselves as God knows us

Our genuine selfhood is not what the physical senses report. We find our true identity in God, as His expression.

One of the fundamental points in Christian Science is that each one of us has spiritual selfhood. This nature is God's own reflection, His expression, and so includes such God-given qualities as love, goodness, intelligence, truthfulness, and integrity. Christian Science explains that we can learn to know better our true, God-given nature through spiritualization of thought.

Because God is the source of our real being, to truly know ourselves we must begin with God. A desire to know God may start with the acknowledgment that He is knowable. As we pray to really know God, we find we begin to know ourselves as children of a knowable, heavenly Father. And conversely, as we recognize the spiritual qualities we have, we are becoming acquainted with God, their source.

Now, what does Christian Science teach about God? It teaches that God is Soul, Mind, Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, and Principle. Mrs. Eddy found these names, or synonyms, for God used or implied in the Bible. Since man is made in God's image, he must express these synonyms for God. Thus God's man expresses the peace of Soul, the intelligence of Mind, the strength of Spirit, the vitality of Life, the integrity of Truth, the mothering of Love, the control of Principle.

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December 18, 1989

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