Eternity, Not Time

[Written Especially for Young People]

In the Glossary of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 595), our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, gives her definition of "time" as follows: "Mortal measurements; limits, in which are summed up all human acts, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, knowledge; matter; error; that which begins before, and continues after, what is termed death, until the mortal disappears and spiritual perfection appears."

In this definition we find that Mrs. Eddy includes in the meaning of the word "time" not only that which mortal mind calls abstract, in terms of limits and measurements, but also that which this mind calls concrete, namely matter. Matter thus becomes, according to her definition, merely limitation, finiteness. Time, therefore, belongs to mortality, and every mortal evidence depends upon the element of time for its existence. To the extent that this is understood, the element of time with its limitations can be directed and controlled.

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