The Veil Spread Over All Nations

A good many Bible students have thought it somewhat surprising that so little is said in the Scriptures about what is generally called the future life. Even Christ Jesus has little to say about it, perhaps because his teachings deal so directly with unending life. Paul has this to say in his second epistle to Timothy: "Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light." This is in accord with the prophecy in the twenty-fifth chapter of Isaiah regarding the wonderful things which will be done by God when "the vail that is spread over all nations" is not merely lifted but destroyed. The prophecy goes on: "He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces." As we read these words we need not wonder at this outburst of gladness which follows: "Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: ... we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation."

Too seldom are these words of the Master remembered: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." Even when confronted by the material evidence of death, Jesus denied its reality, and so should we. To God no one is ever dead, for Christian Science makes it clear that God, infinite Mind, sees always His own reflection, which can never include death. On page 427 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says, "If it is true that man lives, this fact can never change in Science to the opposite belief that man dies." Throughout her teachings she urges us to press on toward complete overcoming of the belief in matter, sin, disease, and death, the latter being characterized in Scripture as "the last enemy that shall be destroyed." No one could ever claim that death is any part of God's creation, as we shall see in reading the first chapter of Genesis and the two closing chapters of Revelation. In spite of this, however, belief in the inevitability and reality of death is almost universal. Such being the case, it is clear that the belief in death must be overcome either here or hereafter, until we realize the full intent of Paul's words in his first epistle to the Corinthians, "Death is swallowed up in victory."

The Dictates of One's Conscience
January 25, 1919

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