"Remember now thy Creator"

The writer of Ecclesiastes says, "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." Then follows a poetical, figurative description of the supposed effect of advancing years, which is quite in harmony with the thought expressed in the ninetieth Psalm, "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." But this doleful theory, which has been quite generally believed throughout the centuries, is not at all in harmony with the teaching of Christ Jesus, who said, "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." Neither is it in agreement with the teaching of Christian Science, for its Discoverer and Founder, Mary Baker Eddy, says (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 246): "Timetables of birth and death are so many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise."

Many persons, especially those who are not students of Christian Science, are inclined to acquiesce in the "threescore years and ten" fallacy and, consequently, to manifest the decrepitude and incapacity which are supposed, according to mortal belief, to be the unavoidable accompaniment of advancing years. However, Christian Science is showing many that such belief is not law, and that, on the contrary, it is possible, through understanding the changeless, immortal nature of man created in God's image, to bring into human experience a continuing sense of activity and usefulness.

From the Clerk
December 30, 1939

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