"In the way of righteousness"

"IN the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death." Righteousness is rightness—right thinking, right acting, right being. One of the synonyms for righteousness is godliness, and as understood in Christian Science God is infinite good. Therefore, to think, do, and be good, is, according to the above-quoted verse from Proverbs, to walk in the pathway of righteousness, in which "there is no death."

In the fifth chapter of Genesis it is said that "Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him," which of course does not mean that Enoch ceased to be. It means that because of his Godlike thinking and acting Enoch reached the point in his experience where he was translated, without passing through what is called death, from a material or mortal sense of existence into the conscious realization of immortal, spiritual being. Writing of this Biblical event, Mary Baker Eddy says, on page 214 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "If Enoch's perception had been confined to the evidence before his material senses, he could never have 'walked with God,' nor been guided into the demonstration of life eternal."

March 4, 1939

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