Life as Principle

Life as revealed in Christian Science is synonymous with divine Principle. Neither in Life nor in the experience of Life's witness are there any birthdays or any death-days. Life with its manifestation is exempt from the nightmare of so-called material substance, disease, sin, death. Life as Principle is entire, immutable, infinite.

The specter of fear haunts the presumption called organic life, and to this presumption is further traceable the subtle suggestion that good may come from surrendering to "the last enemy." The Christian Scientist is impelled to banish from his thought both the hope and the dread superstitiously associated with death. "Whosoever will save his life shall lose it." Goodness emanating from divine Mind alone is indestructible. Hence Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 426), "Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin." Are faults of character disappearing as totally and speedily as they should and could were we consistently faithful and alert? Life is represented in honesty, love, joy. It is absent in discord, sorrow, fear, for these lifeless errors bear no relation to divine Principle.

Life needs no protection from matter or in matter. Neither does man. What, then, does protection mean to the Christian Scientist? It means that he must not be content with thinking of himself as a progressive human being, rising out of material imperfection, later to reach spiritual perfection through the transition called death, for this doctrine of fallen man is contrary to the teachings of Christian Science. To think of life as expressed through matter is pantheistic. Fear is only entertained in connection with a false sense of Life. Life as Principle passes through no counterfeit, transient state or stage; it knows no this plane or that plane. Neither is condemnation meted out by infinite Mind, for nothing known to Mind is deserving of condemnation. All that exists is exempt from curse, condemnation, or limitation and is the blessed manifestation of Being.

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Christianly Scientific Fearlessness
January 19, 1935

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