Life, Light, Likeness

Wed., 10/21/15 Readings, 2nd Church, Berkeley
SH Gen. 1:1, 3
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
SH Gen. 1:26 (to 1st :)
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
SH Ps. 27:1
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
SH Prov. 6:23 1st the
23 …the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
SH Ps. 36:5, 6, 9
5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. 6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. 9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
SH Ps. 17:15 2nd I
15 …I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
SH John 1:1, 3-5 (to 1st ;)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness;
SH John 3:21 1st he
21 …he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
SH John 8:12
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
SH Matt. 11:1-5
1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. 2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

SH Luke 7:21
21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
SH John 10:9, 10 1st I
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 …I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
SH II Pet. 1:19
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
SH Ps. 16:11 (to 1st :)
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
SH 336:25-26 God
God, the divine Principle of man, and man in
God’s likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal.
SH 4:17-22
Simply asking that we may love God will never
make us love Him; but the longing to be better
and holier, expressed in daily watchful-
ness and in striving to assimilate more of
the divine character, will mould and fashion us
anew, until we awake in His likeness.
SH 190:14
Human birth, growth, maturity, and decay are as the
grass springing from the soil with beautiful green blades,
afterwards to wither and return to its native
nothingness. This mortal seeming is temporal;
it never merges into immortal being, but finally disap-
pears, and immortal man, spiritual and eternal, is found
to be the real man.
The Hebrew bard, swayed by mortal thoughts, thus
swept his lyre with saddening strains on human existence:
SH 51:6-11, 12
Jesus could have withdrawn himself from his enemies.
He had power to lay down a human sense of life for his
spiritual identity in the likeness of the divine;
but he allowed men to attempt the destruc-
tion of the mortal body in order that he might furnish
the proof of immortal life.
Jesus could give his temporal life into his
enemies’ hands; but when his earth-mission was accom-
plished, his spiritual life, indestructible and eternal,
was found forever the same. He knew that matter had
no life and that real Life is God; therefore he could no
more be separated from his spiritual Life than God could
be extinguished.
SH 246:1-6
Man is not
a pendulum, swinging between evil and good, joy and
sorrow, sickness and health, life and death.
Life and its faculties are not measured by
calendars. The perfect and immortal are the eternal
likeness of their Maker.
SH 257:32-6
Finite man cannot be the image and
likeness of the infinite God. A mortal, corporeal, or
finite conception of God cannot embrace the glories of
limitless, incorporeal Life and Love. Hence
the unsatisfied human craving for something
better, higher, holier, than is afforded by a
material belief in a physical God and man.
SH 300:31-4
God is re-
vealed only in that which reflects Life, Truth, Love, –
yea, which manifests God’s attributes and power, even
as the human likeness thrown upon the mirror, repeats
the color, form, and action of the person in front of the
SH 344:1
It is objected to Christian Science that it claims God
as the only absolute Life and Soul, and man to be His
idea, – that is, His image. It should be
added that this is claimed to represent the
normal, healthful, and sinless condition of man in divine
Science, and that this claim is made because the Scrip-
tures say that God has created man in His own image
and after His likeness. Is it sacrilegious to assume that
God’s likeness is not found in matter, sin, sickness, and
SH 406:13-16 Sin
Sin and sickness will
abate and seem less real as we approach the
scientific period, in which mortal sense is subdued and
all that is unlike the true likeness disappears.
SH 525:12-22
The following translation is from the Icelandic: –
And God said, Let us make man after our mind and
our likeness; and God shaped man after His mind; after
God’s mind shaped He Him; and He shaped them male and
In the Gospel of John, it is declared that all things were
made through the Word of God, “and without Him [the
logos, or word] was not anything made that
was made.” Everything good or worthy, God
made. Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not
make, – hence its unreality.
SH 531:29-32
The mythologic theory of mate-
rial life at no point resembles the scientifically Christian
record of man as created by Mind in the image and like-
ness of God and having dominion over all the earth.
SH 209:1-2, 5-8, 13
Man, being immortal, has a perfect
indestructible life.
Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing
them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas,
the life and light of all its own vast creation;
and man is tributary to divine Mind.
Science which reveals the supremacy of Mind. The im-
manent sense of Mind-power enhances the glory of Mind.
Nearness, not distance, lends enchantment to this view.
SH 491:12-16
It is only
by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls
the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and
find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man
forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.
SH 516:4-8
God. The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love,
which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation;
and when we subordinate the false testimony of the
corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see
this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

Gen. 1:1, 3
Gen. 1:26 (to :)
Ps. 27:1
Prov. 6:23 the
Ps. 36:5, 6, 9
Ps. 17:15 2nd I
John 1:1, 3-5 (to ;)
John 3:21 he
John 8:12
Matt. 11:1-5
Mark 10:46-52
Luke 7:21
John 10:9, 10 I
II Pet. 1:19
Ps. 16:11 (to :)
SH 336:25-26 God
SH 4:17-22
SH 190:14
SH 51:6-11, 12
SH 246:1-6
SH 257:32-6
SH 300:31-4
SH 344:1
SH 406:13-16 Sin
SH 525:12-22
SH 531:29-32
SH 209:1-2, 5-8, 13
SH 491:12-16
SH 516:4-8

Hymns: 226, 15, 178

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