Most mortals believe they love life, while some wish they had never been born; but all, whether life appear lovely or hateful, cling to it most tenaciously. It is only when the love of God, good, supersedes this life-grip of self-preservation that human beings voluntarily surrender their false sense of life to lay hold upon "life eternal."

Yet, after all, do mortals really love or hate life as much as they sometimes believe they do? He who takes life for granted and, clapping his hands, exuberantly exclaims, "How joyous is life!" may at the same moment seek to destroy it as he treads upon the worm or slays the deer. On the other hand, he who regards life bitterly and yet feeds the starving dog and allows the serpent to wind his crooked way unharmed, is manifesting a genuine love of life despite his belief to the contrary. These conflicting and erroneous aspects of existence are produced from humanity's ignorance as to what and where life really is. Jesus declared that to know God is life eternal, while our revered Leader definitely teaches that God is the only Life, and "the only intelligence of the universe, including man" (Science and Health, p. 330). To love or to hate that about which one has a mistaken concept, is to love or to hate that which may not exist. In other words, elusive theories and mistaken suppositions that crystallize into tenacious beliefs about life, unless haply held in abeyance by faith until corrected by spiritual understanding, beget unreal love for or unreal hate toward—not life—but these self-same beliefs about life. What is material living but sin, sickness, and death? Can we, then, really love it? He who believes that he does is more deceived than he who still believes in mortality as real and hates his own false sense of life.

April 13, 1912

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