Man is Immortal

Christian Science is doing an incalculable service to mankind to-day by its teaching with regard to immortality. And in stating the truth pertaining to eternal life it is entirely in agreement with the doctrine of Christ Jesus and the apostles. Did not the Master on a certain occasion say to the Jews, "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death"? Was it not Paul who wrote, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death"? And is it not set forth in allegorical language in Revelation that when "the book of life" was opened it was found that "death and hell were cast into the lake of fire"? It is plain that the inspired thought of the early Christian Church was certain of immortality and of the final overthrow of that which men call death.

Now the teaching of Christian Science on the subject of immortality may be stated very simply. Christian Science declares that God is infinite—All—and that He is perfect; and being perfect, it maintains that He must be eternal. Furthermore, Christian Science declares that God's creation, man, is God's image or reflection, and that therefore man must be immortal like his creator, God. The Christian Scientist understands these absolute and fundamental truths; and thus is able to give an unequivocal denial to death as a reality; and this, in the face of the deep-rooted hold the belief apparently has in mortal consciousness.

It cannot be gainsaid that the task which is set those who, through Christian Science, have come to understand the immortality of man, is a most important one. Men have believed so long in the reality of death and its inevitableness, that without enlightened spiritual understanding it might almost seem idle to contemplate its final destruction. But no Christian Scientist dare shut his eyes to his plain duty, namely, steadfastly to deny death as a reality, in the light of the knowledge that man as the perfect image, idea, or reflection of God, is eternal or immortal.

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November 10, 1928

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