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From the November 1956 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Christian Science teaches that God created all that is, namely the spiritual universe, including man, and that as stated in the first chapter of Genesis (verse 31), "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Furthermore, it is stated in this chapter of the Bible that "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him."

These statements of absolute truth flood the thought of the earnest inquirer with questions as to what is the nature and character of God and of man. With the light which Christian Science throws upon the deep and seemingly hidden truths of God and His creation, the student of this Science quickly discerns that there is a satisfying and demonstrable answer to all such questions. He learns of God as Spirit, Mind, Love, and as perfect; of a God who is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent. Through logical reasoning and divine revelation there is unfolded to thought the great spiritual fact that man reflects, that is to say, he images God in all of God's perfect nature, essence, and wholeness.

The student thus begins the mental and spiritual journey toward an understanding of the wondrous truths of God and man and of man's oneness, or unity, with God. He sees with the higher and clearer light of inspiration the truth that because God is perfect, man and the universe must needs be perfect also. He sees furthermore that all evil, sin, sickness, disease, poverty, lack, sorrow, suffering, and death are but illusions occasioned by a false concept of Life and of creation, including man. Practitioners of Christian Science realize when patients come to them suffering from sin or disease that the greatest need is to awaken these distressed ones to the spiritual fact of man as a son of God, even God's own image.

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