Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
The eternal Elohim includes the forever universe. The name Elohim is in the plural, but this plurality of 18Elohistic pluralitySpirit does not imply more than one God, nor does it imply three persons in one. It relates to the oneness, the tri-unity of Life, Truth, and Love. 21“Let them have dominion.” Man is the family name for all ideas, — the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting good‐24ness and power.
Your mirrored reflection is your own image or like‐ness. If you lift a weight, your reflection does this also. 27Reflected likenessIf you speak, the lips of this likeness move in accord with yours. Now compare man before the mirror to his divine Principle, God. Call the mirror 30divine Science, and call man the reflection. Then note 516 516:1how true, according to Christian Science, is the reflection to its original. As the reflection of yourself appears in 3the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God. The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; 6and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.
9 God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in Love imparts beautygoodness, which impart their own peace and 12permanence. Love, redolent with unselfish‐ness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “The meek shall inherit the 15earth.” The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven. The great rock gives shadow and shelter. The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the 18prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth. Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God’s domin‐21ion over all the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.
27 To emphasize this momentous thought, it is repeated that God made man in His own image, to reflect the Ideal man and womandivine Spirit. It follows that man is a generic 30term. Masculine, feminine, and neuter gen‐ders are human concepts. In one of the ancient lan‐517517:1guages the word for man is used also as the synonym of mind. This definition has been weakened by anthropo‐3morphism, or a humanization of Deity. The word an‐thropomorphic, in such a phrase as “an anthropomorphic God,” is derived from two Greek words, signifying man 6 and form, and may be defined as a mortally mental at‐tempt to reduce Deity to corporeality. The life-giving quality of Mind is Spirit, not matter. The ideal man 9corresponds to creation, to intelligence, and to Truth. The ideal woman corresponds to Life and to Love. In divine Science, we have not as much authority for con‐12sidering God masculine, as we have for considering Him feminine, for Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity.