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Man the True Image of God

27    From a material standpoint, the best of people sometimes object to the philosophy of Christian Science, on the 10 10:1ground that it takes away man’s personality and makes man less than man. But what saith the apostle? — even 3this: “If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” The great Nazarene Prophet said, “By their fruits ye shall know them:” then, 6if the effects of Christian Science on the lives of men be thus judged, we are sure the honest verdict of humanity will attest its uplifting power, and prevail over the 9opposite notion that Christian Science lessens man’s individuality.

    The students at the Massachusetts Metaphysical Col12lege, generally, were the average man and woman. But after graduation, the best students in the class averred that they were stronger and better than before it. With 15twelve lessons or less, the present and future of those students had wonderfully broadened and brightened before them, thus proving the utility of what they had been taught. 18Christian Scientists heal functional, organic, chronic, and acute diseases that M.D.’s have failed to heal; and, better still, they reform desperate cases of intemperance, 21tobacco using, and immorality, which, we regret to say, other religious teachers are unable to effect. All this is accomplished by the grace of God, — the effect of God 24understood. A higher manhood is manifest, and never lost, in that individual who finds the highest joy, — therefore no pleasure in loathsome habits or in sin, and no 27necessity for disease and death. Whatever promotes statuesque being, health, and holiness does not degrade man’s personality. Sin, sickness, appetites, and passions, 30constitute no part of man, but obscure man. Therefore it 11 11:1required the divinity of our Master to perceive the real man, and to cast out the unreal or counterfeit. It caused 3St. Paul to write, — “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after 6the image of Him that created him.”

    Was our Master mistaken in judging a cause by its effects? Shall the opinions, systems, doctrines, and dog9mas of men gauge the animus of man? or shall his stature in Christ, Truth, declare him? Governed by the divine Principle of his being, man is perfect. When will the 12schools allow mortals to turn from clay to Soul for the model? The Science of being, understood and obeyed, will demonstrate man to be superior to the best church-15member or moralist on earth, who understands not this Science. If man is spiritually fallen, it matters not what he believes; he is not upright, and must regain his native 18spiritual stature in order to be in proper shape, as certainly as the man who falls physically needs to rise again.

    Mortals, content with something less than perfection —  21the original standard of man — may believe that evil develops good, and that whatever strips off evil’s disguise belittles man’s personality. But God enables us to know that 24evil is not the medium of good, and that good supreme destroys all sense of evil, obliterates the lost image that mortals are content to call man, and demands man’s un27fallen spiritual perfectibility.

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