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Turning to A Perfect Model

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'Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually." Mary Baker Eddy posed this question years before mass media dominated many cultures. Yet it would seem to be talking about the present day. Those words from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 248) call on people to be alert to the adverse influences of sensationalism, sensualism, and materialism. These all symbolize an "imperfect model" by characterizing men and women as not expressing the nature of God.

The book of Genesis in the Bible states clearly that God created man in His likeness (see 1:26). God is good and the creator of all that is real. A likeness must be true to its original. Christian Science, which Mrs. Eddy discovered, shows that each of us is in fact as good and perfect as is God, our origin. We cannot stray from perfection and become channels for evil. From these facts we can deduce that all evil in our lives must be false, part of the misconception of ourselves as fashioned after an imperfect model.

A sculptor cannot carve an angelic figure with a grotesque form either in mind or actually present as the model. In the same way, it is difficult for you or me to form accurate concepts of ourselves as good, loving, or honest when we are continually told that we and our fellow beings are in some measure corrupt, evil, and perverted.

It may be easy to say, "Yes, but this is the real world, and we have to accept it." But what is truly the real world, and what shows us who we are? To be sure, it's necessary to challenge the portrayal of ourselves as evil, as committing crime. Drawing closer to God, and understanding Him to be full of goodness, bring inspiration. This involves turning from thoughts of disruption and evil, toward good. This is not crawling into a hole and ignoring the world's problems; it is praying. And through praying diligently, we see the good that is existent within and around us.

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