A country of promise

When we look at others through the eyes of love, we don't see black, white, Colored, advantaged, or disadvantaged mortals. We see God's children, the spiritual ideas of God.

Years ago when our country, South Africa, was still in the depths of apartheid, our front doorbell rang. A moment or two later, our grandson, not quite two years old, toddled in and informed us that there was a lady at the door. "Who is she?" I asked, "and what does she look like?" "Just like a lady," he replied. When I went to the door I found a beggar, a black woman who was unusually dressed and not very clean. But to that little boy's unbiased thought she was a lady, just like any other.

What is it that makes us so aware of difference, particularly skin color? Isn't it the way we are educated? Isn't it just education that would define people as superior or inferior on the basis of race?

Christian Science helps us see that man's real selfhood expresses the nature of God as His spiritual image, or reflection. All individuals, then, are truly the outcome of God, who is the sole creator of man. As Mrs. Eddy observes in Science and Health, when distinguishing between the true and false concept of identity, the immortal and mortal: "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals."

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Taking care of our health
October 28, 1991

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