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Life the Way
The expression, "God took him to himself," is generally used in reference to so-called death, that stage of human experience when mortal mind decides that the semi-religious, semi-material sense which men call a "soul" must part company from its supposed prison-house, the body, and seek another sphere, presumably within material space, wherein it can be "forever with the Lord."
The conclusion that death is real, that is, known to omnipotent God—yea, that it is His method of bringing man into nearer contact with himself—involves thought in many contradictions. In illustration let us look at the dictum accepted by enlightened modern theology, that "Heaven is a state and not a place." Here we have a thought which would land us at once in Christian Science, but for this older belief which maintains that spirit is imprisoned in matter from which it must be freed by death. It is surely obvious that if spirit resides in matter, or "soul" in "body," as it is commonly expressed, then spirit must be fitted for, and be cognizant of, material space relations; hence its heaven is not a state only but also a place, and hence also its consciousness or the atmosphere of its heaven is not a purely spiritual one.
Thanks be to Divine Love, that in this age and through Christian Science it may be known with absolute certainty that God takes us not to Himself through the removal of a fictitious self to another sphere, neither through the loss of any real substance, nor through the disuniting of aught which the Eternal has made one.
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Did Jesus Teach a Practical Religion?
Life the Way
ANNIE M. PAYNE.
Essentials and Non-essentials
WILLARD S. MATTOX.
"A grain of mustard seed"
ADELINE T. RICKER.
H. S. BYRNE.
The Swallows' Lesson.
Resignation of a Pastor
W. L. Swan
The teaching that evil can be performed through erroneous...
David B. Ogden
MRS. EDDY TAKES NO PATIENTS
Mrs. Eddy's Request Granted
Irving C. Tomlinson
A Plea for Fair Play
Annie M. Knott
Letters to our Leader
with contributions from Violet Ker Seymer, Clarissa Mary Allard, Khoo Sing Hock, Clara Sawyer, Helen S. B. Ross
Six months ago the words Christian Science conveyed...
Winifred M. Playfair
There are no words that can express my gratitude to...
Sarah Lydia Norris
For a long time I have desired to express a little of the...
Osta C. Brooks
From the time I was thirteen until shortly after my...
Orlena A. Kirk
I have seen so much good done to myself and others by...
Eleanor C. Hatch
I first heard of Christian Science about nineteen years...
G. M. D. Heard
I have received so many benefits through Christian Science...
William W. Macfarlane
When my attention was called to Christian Science...