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Don’t be fooled—you are the child of God

From the February 2018 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When we feel despair, guilt, fear, or even disease, it is good to understand that these are not our true feelings. We have been tricked into them. This happens when we’re not sure about our identity as the loved child of God. 

The Bible creation record states that God made man (that includes all of us) in His image and likeness—complete and very good (see Genesis, chap. 1). Christian Science explains that since God is Spirit, His image and likeness must be spiritual. This basic fact enables us to be confident in our completeness and worth as inherently spiritual, and it is also the standpoint from which we find bodily healing for ourselves.

More than anyone else, Christ Jesus knew his relation to God. Right after he was baptized by John, he heard the voice of God saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). Knowing that God was his Father and that he was loved by God enabled Jesus to do the healing work that he did. Jesus also knew that we are all God’s children and are loved by God. These facts were illustrated over and over as Jesus traveled about, teaching and healing. Jesus’ many healings proved what he taught, showing God’s saving love. He knew man’s identity, as not what it seemed to be—blind, lame, diseased—but whole. 

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