A writer, in contending that death is real, quotes Jesus...

Morning Tribune

A writer, in contending that death is real, quotes Jesus as saying, "Lazarus is dead." It is well known that in the same narrative Jesus also said, "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep." It is also well known to students of the Bible that when Jesus came to where Jairus' daughter lay dead, he said, "The maid is not dead, but sleepeth," with the result that "they laughed him to scorn." Yet Jesus' knowledge of eternal life enabled him to raise the maid from the couch of death, and to bring forth Lazarus from the grave. Jesus knew, and proved beyond the peradventure of a doubt, that death is not real, but that it is a false human experience, from which the Christ, Truth, can and will free mankind.

Webster's dictionary defines the word "real" in part as that which is actual, positive, absolute. The Bible declares that God is the only cause or creator. Accordingly, if death were real it would be eternal, and there would be no life hereafter for man. Christian Science teaches that death results from ignorance and sin, and is to be overcome through knowledge of, and obedience to, the Christ. Surely it is God's will that men should know Him aright and thereby experience everlasting life. What did Jesus say about it? Just this, "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death."

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June 11, 1932

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