Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Upward Mobility

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Upward Mobility

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TO what is mankind's mobility linked? If our estimation of identity emphasizes a mortal status in life, we're too easily robbed of recognizing our glorious sonship as the perfect, spiritual likeness of God.

Mortal existence, which includes sorrows, sins, and sickness, would enslave humanity. But man--our genuine identity--is not mortal but immortal. And our immortal sonship with God has only elements of good, which are derived from our creator. Understanding perfect God and perfect man is truly upward mobility because it brings to light the real man, the son of God. This "mobility," then, is not a moving from one place to another, for man is spiritual, the idea of ever-present Spirit, God. It is, rather, a progressive spiritualization of human consciousness whereby the human yields to the Divine and allows the spiritual idea to be made manifest in human experience in what we call spiritual healing.

One day I was talking with another Christian Scientist about what man really is. We are both familiar with Mary Baker Eddy's discussion of man in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science points out: "The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness." As we talked about what man is--what we are spiritually--my friend mentioned that someone she knew had found some five hundred spiritual qualities of man in the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings. Five hundred! Could there really be that many? I took up the challenge of seeing how many I could find.

My list included man as perfect, spiritual, whole, pure, wise, unerring, beautiful, joyous. By the sixth page--averaging about fifty qualities to a page--I felt very inadequate. Man is vigorous, majestic, healthy, vital, victorious . . . . Who, me? My life had included its share of mistakes, failures, and sickness. …

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