Immortality versus Mortality

MAN , as God's idea, coexists with God, reflecting dominion and harmony, having neither birth nor death. Spiritual man is not mortal, but immortal. This may be illustrated as follows. When a little child goes to school and learns that two and two make four, this knowledge becomes part of his consciousness. The fact that two and two make four never had a beginning, nor will it ever have an end; and as the child awakens to this truth through correct education, it may be properly said, referring to his thought which has been enlightened, that it has neither beginning nor end. The Master said, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." God always has been and always will be perfect, without beginning or end. God is eternal and unchangeable Truth. In proportion as we know God, through the education of our thought Spiritward, shall we be able to understand that man never had a beginning and will never have an end.

The so-called carnal mind argues against the truth; for "the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be," as Paul says. In its argument, this suppositional, carnal mind but proclaims its own false nature; for God is Life and God is All; therefore Life is All, and there is no death. Yes, comes another argument, that part of my consciousness which always has been and always will be true can never become extinct, but what about that part which to all appearances had a beginning? In the first place, if we admit that we exist, then we must admit that we are of Truth, and inseparable from Truth. That which seems to have had birth and to possess life apart from God is what Paul calls "the old man," which must be "put off." It is what Mrs. Eddy names "mortal man" and designates as the counterfeit of the real man. Hear what she says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 538): "As both mortal man and sin have a beginning, they must consequently have an end, while the sinless, real man is eternal."

Childlike Trust
August 9, 1924

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