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Making distinctions that heal

From the March 1997 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Christian Science shows the importance of distinguishing between what is real and true and what is not; between what is an appearance to the physical senses and what is divinely actual. Doing so is an essential element of Christian Science practice and demonstration.

This teaching shows that man, as God's reflection, is never separate from spiritual intelligence, or Mind, God. This understanding develops our talent for separating the mortal from the divine, the temporal from the immortal, the false from the genuine. Such opposites can't mingle. They are separate, and always must be.

Mary Baker Eddy made an important distinction in regard to herself. One of her students recalled that she said, "As Mary Baker Eddy, I am the weakest of mortals, but as the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, I am the bone and sinew of the world."Robert Peel, Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Authority (Boston: The Christian Science Publishing Society, originally published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977), p. 326.