Life Eternal

IN the seventeenth chapter of John are recorded Jesus' words, "This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." As Christian Scientists we are striving to destroy the erroneous beliefs of separation, loss, and death. In proportion to our understanding of God as infinite Life, we lose fear of "the last enemy" and trust ourselves, our dear ones, and all mankind unreservedly to God's ever present, loving care. This infinite Life is divine Principle, filling all space, changeless, deathless. Divine Life cannot die; infinite Principle cannot be destroyed.

Life, principle, is expressed through man, who, as the reflection of God, is now and always in the kingdom of heaven, the consciousness of harmony. Mary Baker Eddy writes (No and Yes, p. 36), "Jesus' true and conscious being never left heaven for earth." There is no place outside the infinite realm of harmony where man can dwell; and through spiritually understanding this fact we can repudiate the false testimony of material sense. Let us admit and accept the rich blessing of our heritage as the sons of God, "joint-heirs with Christ," at-one with God, for this truth bears within itself the blessed assurance of eternal life.

Supposititious life in matter is a dream, without reality. In the night dream we may seem to have many fanciful or harrowing experiences, but when we waken we know that they are not true. Where the waking dreams of sickness, loss, and death seem to be, there is only the truth of spiritual being. God, good, fills the very place which evil claims to usurp. To spiritual man, the image and likeness of God, there is no material birth, sickness, or death. Disease, accident, annihilation, cannot touch real consciousness, or incorporeal, spiritual man. Now and always he dwells in perfect safety in the harmonious realm of Mind, where infinite Love is his complete protection and infinite wisdom his unerring direction. Man, as God's spiritual idea, cannot be encroached upon by material beliefs.

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September 3, 1932

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