Life Without End

BECAUSE the human mind is finite and is conscious of its own limitations, knowing of a surety its own end, it would make everything finite, and establish the supposition that all existence must have an end. This is, of course, a direct contradiction of all that is true, and is a denial of God. Our very first true concept of God is that He is infinite and eternal, so that neither God Himself nor anything related to Him could have an end. But the human mind is never consistent. It establishes its premises without reason and without any consideration of the absurdity of its conclusions, and mortals accept these premises blindly and base human experience upon them. And so nothing is more common than the use of the expression "to the end," as applied to all experience and even to life itself. How important to stop and ask what it is that can have or come to an end.

Now, no one would say that God can have an end, for God in His very nature must be infinite and eternal. But it is equally true that Life cannot have an end. We frequently hear reference to eternal life, as if there were two kinds of life, one eternal and the other not. But such an idea is impossible. Life is one; there are not two kinds of Life. On page 468 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the textbook of Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy says, in answer to the question "What is Life?" "Life is divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit. Life is without beginning and without end. Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity."

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