GIVING UP THE BELIEF IN DEATH

[Original article in German]

Christian Science brings us glad tidings of freedom and of the redemption of men from sin, disease, and death. Those who have learned to understand this Science by earnestly studying and applying its teachings recognize clearly that it is the Comforter promised us by Christ Jesus. As Mary Baker Eddy herself tells us, God dictated to her all that the textbook contains, and she herself studied the divine message daily. She says in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 426), "The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health and morals far beyond its present elevation, and would enable us to hold the banner of Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life eternal."

Until belief in the so-called last enemy is overcome, a shadow seems to be cast which prevents a true sense of happiness. For generations all mankind, even the Christian world, has believed that death is a natural, inevitable, and insurmountable fact. And yet Jesus, the great proclaimer of eternal truths, the one who overcame death, said (John 8:51), "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death," meaning that he who clings unreservedly to what I have taught can be conscious of uninterrupted life.

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