Defining ourselves spiritually
We’re told over and over that we’re mortal and material. So much so we don’t even think of questioning those suggestions, let alone the evidence before our eyes. However, the Bible, the most important book ever written on the subject of life, our actual being, tells a totally different story.
‘The Bible tells us that God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Genesis 1:26 KJV).” This powerful statement is not abstract — it shows that our direct source and parentage is of God. To be clear, this scripture is saying our life, our being, is actually God-like.
You may ask, “But does that then mean God is atom-based and material, too?” When we look at it that way we’re actually anthropomorphising God with that view, making Him man-like. The reason people do this so frequently is because we think we’re material.
Bringing forward a spiritual model, Christ Jesus rejected the materialistic version of life and being, instead telling us, “God is Spirit…(John 4:24 NKJV).” And based on this one spiritual fact, Jesus was able to demonstrate — scientifically — that man is in fact 100% spiritual. His proofs were constant and consistent. With each healing, Jesus’ demonstrations brought glimpses to his disciples that man’s true being was actually whole, good, and complete, here and now. What’s more, when Jesus was resurrected after his crucifixion and death, and then later appeared to his disciples, this final proof pointed to and solidly illustrated the ultimate fact — man’s life is actually spiritual.
Just as Jesus’ healing proofs brought ever-clearer glimpses to his disciples, about the spiritual reality regarding man, each healing likewise helps to give each of us such glimpses. Each insight into this spiritual promise that Jesus shared helps us understand — realize — that our true basis of being, our real life, has never been materially nor atomically based.
Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, helps make this biblical promise more understandable and practical because she defined the law behind this promise of a full spiritual life, naming it Christian Science, or the Science of Christ. Putting this science into practice, many people from all walks of life, have found that this divine law and power underlying spiritual being is actually provable in everyday life.
Science and Health brings home the biblical promise, showing us that by having the desire to grow spiritually and to understand God better, we can experience progress, including improved health — just as Jesus showed his disciples. To me, these activities, growing spiritually and learning to heal, help illustrate what is spiritually true about myself and others. Learning to heal ourselves, through prayer and God’s power, enables us to see, in plain and practical terms, that our lives are in fact spiritual and good, even holy.
The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 200