Life Eternal

The field of human observation has been pretty thoroughly explored by men of learning in the hope of ascertaining what life is. Crediting the testimony of the physical senses to the effect that the seat of life is in organic matter, the majority of investigators have been beguiled into pursuing their researches at least primarily in that direction. Although the insistent demand of the higher intuitions has constrained theologians to take account of a spiritual nature, the spiritual has been treated as an adjunct to or outgrowth of the physical. In spite of Jesus' trenchant declarations anent material existence, logic and consistency have been put to severe straits by the exponents of traditional religion in the attempt to bridge the impassable gulf between Spirit and matter.

To the thought steeped in materialism it seems incredible that the great Teacher's utterances on the subject were intended to be taken at their face value, for he never dignified sentient existence with the status of life or admitted that such existence was even a stepping-stone to life. He acknowledged but one kind of life, namely, the spiritual impartation of divine Mind; and to this he gave the descriptive name "life eternal," in contradistinction to animate existence, the falsifying sense which purports to evolve from a physical basis and eventuate in death. He even spoke with stern disapproval of the notion that the manifestation of Deity could in any way be involved in or comprised by such conditions as material existence implies.

"Comfort ye my people"
July 31, 1915

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