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“The scientific statement of being” found in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 468), offers such a strong and positive declaration of our spiritual identity. This inspiring and healing statement is so pertinent to life that Mrs. Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, included it as an essential part of the Sunday service held in Churches of Christ, Scientist, and we can also turn to it for meeting our daily needs.
About a year ago I had a quick but meaningful demonstration of God’s ever-presence. After toasting some slices of bread under the broiler, I removed the pan, wearing an oven mitt on one hand, and set it on the stove. I saw that I had placed the pan directly on a burner that I had previously used but not yet turned off, which was glowing red. Without thinking, I picked up the pan with my other hand, which was ungloved, and immediately realized my mistake. I dropped the pan, turned off the burner, and turned to God in prayer.
The first thought that came to me was that I am spiritual, not material. This and other truths from “the scientific statement of being” flowed into my thought as I quickly reasoned that I am Spirit’s, God’s, image and likeness. I declared that “Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal” and that “Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error.” In keeping with the closing lines of this powerful statement, I affirmed that Spirit is God and again claimed that I am God’s image and likeness and therefore spiritual, not material. I held on to these truths persistently.
I realized I had been praying over and over with “the scientific statement of being” as the scientific statement of my own being. I just knew that matter has no intelligence and cannot report or claim any pain. I could see so clearly that my true identity was not material, but spiritual.
By this time, there was neither pain nor any mark on my hand, where earlier it had been red and slightly blistered. With both hands gloved, I set the pan on a hot pad, and then removed the bread and continued preparing breakfast. I’m so grateful we can immediately know that “Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.” This is our true identity as God’s reflection.
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