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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 unselfishness, 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 domin21ion over all the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.

24 Genesis i. 27. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.

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 genders are human concepts. In one of the ancient lan517517:1guages the word for man is used also as the synonym of mind. This definition has been weakened by anthropo3morphism, or a humanization of Deity. The word anthropomorphic, 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 attempt 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 con12sidering God masculine, as we have for considering Him feminine, for Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity.

15    The world believes in many persons; but if God is personal, there is but one person, because there is but one Divine personalityGod. His personality can only be reflected, 18not transmitted. God has countless ideas, and they all have one Principle and parentage. The only proper symbol of God as person is Mind’s infinite ideal. 21What is this ideal? Who shall behold it? This ideal is God’s own image, spiritual and infinite. Even eternity can never reveal the whole of God, since there is no limit 24to infinitude or to its reflections.

Genesis i. 28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, 27and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

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