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Please, no counterfeits!

From the April 1979 issue of The Christian Science Journal

If you were collecting antiques, would you knowingly accept a poor imitation? Who wouldn't prefer the genuine original?

All too frequently we accept a counterfeit concept of ourselves. If we believe that we are unhappy, sick, poor, frustrated, unloved, we are being as impractical as if we had eagerly traded a priceless antique for a cheap fake. For the truth of you and me is that we are worthy, effective, and healthy, and any other picture of ourselves we can reject.

There is one creator, God, who has made man to express Him. Any other apparent selfhood we may think we have is a counterfeit. And, unlike the fake antique, which may closely resemble the genuine one, this counterfeit, or mortal man we think we are, is not even a reasonable facsimile of the real man—the good and faultless outcome of God, the divine Mind which makes all.

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