Everybody agrees that everything should be done that can be to enlarge the human expectancy of life. In the foremost countries, immense amounts of effort and money are expended continually for this purpose. Christian Science is contributing to this end by healing and teaching, and its teachings are becoming favorably known; but they ought to be known more fully and more favorably than they are.

Christian Science denies that man is mortal, and teaches that the almost universal belief in mortality can be traced to auxiliary beliefs such as these: (1) that the existence bounded by birth and death is the normal life of man; (2) that individual life is divided naturally into growth, maturity, and decline. These beliefs, also, can be traced farther; they depend on erroneous concepts of causation or creation. The spiritual concept of these subjects, accepted either generally or by an individual, can do a vast amount of good.

God's Nearness
February 6, 1932

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