"Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom." These words, written by Mary Baker Eddy, are found in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 248). They are followed by a heartening statement of truth which, when understood, destroys the mortal belief of deterioration: "Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb."

Christian Science denies that the ills often attendant on added years are either incurable or unavoidable, and it points the way to freedom from bondage to age-old beliefs of the human race. With tender, healing truths it sets forth the Science of man's ageless, deathless existence in God.

When Christian Science wakens one to the recognition of God, Spirit, as All and man as spiritual—God's likeness—it is as though a curtain in a darkened theater were parted and a scene of great beauty and light were revealed. The least glimpse of spiritual man illumines and heals human consciousness and exposes the falsity of the so-called man of flesh, which the world accepts as real. God's man is not a physical body, but the idea of divine Mind, the conscious identity through which Life's deathless attributes of goodness and wisdom are manifested. This man is ageless, for he coexists with Deity. Being incorporeal, he suffers no inheritance of fleshly limitations and frailties. He is not born, experiences neither material development nor decadence, and is not subject to death. He is nourished by the forces of Spirit—purity, joy, love—which constantly refresh and invigorate him and maintain him in a timeless state of useful activity.

March 19, 1949

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