Man, God’s Image
by Bicknell Young
Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health, “Mortal mind sees what it believes as certainly as it believes what it sees. It feels, hears, and sees its own thoughts.” The material body is mortal mind’s own erroneous mental concept of belief of body. It is important to understand this fact. Any idea, thought, belief which is maintained by mortal mind long enough will eventually take form in some way or other. Erroneous thinking will cause trouble.
Every phase of mortality is an illusion which is not real. In fact, an illusion does not include anything real. It is powerless when it is understood just what it is, nothing. In truth, “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.” (S&H) Man must remember what he is, and who he is, and what he does. Man is the image and likeness of God. Man is the manifestation, expression, reflection of divine Truth, Life and Love, and man manifests, expresses, reflects divine Truth, Life, and Love. Just as God is and does, so, too, man is and does. As God is the great I AM, man has nothing to worry about and nothing to be afraid of. “Fear not.” God has given you “dominion and control,” so use it. In fact, it is God’s dominion and control you actually use, and for this reason you always have more than enough power “from on high,” which always makes you master of every circumstance and situation. Work for the “glory of God,” speaking with authority in His name, and you will be obeyed because He must be obeyed. You will see the Christ-idea gain an ascendency until the divine light glows in, around and through all.