Christian Science Bible Lessons
IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN,
- Section 5 -
As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one
Mind, more than one God, man in God's likeness will appear, and
this eternal man will include in that likeness no material
301:5-29 Chapter 10: Science of Being
(The divine reflection)
Few persons comprehend what Christian Science means by the word
reflection. To himself, mortal and material man seems to be
substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore
is material, temporal.
On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really
substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which
mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the
only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal
sense transcendental, because the spiritual man's substantiality
transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine
(Inverted images and ideas)
As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness,
man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of
good, the substance of Spirit, not matter. The belief that man
has any other substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the
First Commandment, Thou shalt have one God, one Mind. Mortal man
seems to himself to be material substance, while man is "image"
(idea). Delusion, sin, disease, and death arise from the false
testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed standpoint
outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an
inverted image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside
468:22 Chapter 14: Recapitulation
Question 7. - What is substance?
ADAM = A belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality.
The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound
idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.