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What Record?

From the August 1968 issue of The Christian Science Journal

How spiritually thrilling it is to know that there is only one true record of oneself—a diseaseless, stainless one! This record is majestically set forth in the first chapter of Genesis: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion . . . over all the earth. . . . And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."Gen. 1:26-31; The material records of age, aptitude, ancestry, do not identify this man of God's creating.

Today in our fast-moving economy the mandate for computerized records has swept forward into many areas of thought, financial, political, sociological. These records have done much to speed calculations, to give insights into the climate of our times. But to assume that the capacities and talents of the spiritual man can be reckoned from such a basis is to misunderstand the nature of man. God expresses Himself in unlimited manhood, in immeasurable intelligence, and man is His expression. Material case history and human mores cannot classify man, cannot say that an individual is capable or incapable, fitted or unfitted for certain types of activity. In the light of such concepts one might be tempted to feel that he is little more than a series of numbers laid bare on a punched record card.

These matter-based concepts of man's talents and reaches—how vastly different they are from the concept offered by Christian Science! The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, found in the Bible the true record of God, the one cause, and of man and the universe, His unlimited self-expression. To think out from this standpoint brings with it a sense of love and dominion that nothing else can. Our capacity is seen to spring from Mind, not brain lobes, and so is enhanced. Our love is seen, not as an emotional outburst, but as the evidence of unchanging divine Love, and so is effective and intelligent in its outpouring. Our thinking, memory, perception—all these are freed from limits as we act and live what we divinely are.