Perpetual Unfoldment

The Easter season inspires our earnest consideration of the perpetual unfoldment of life. By returning from the tomb, Christ Jesus taught that spiritual consciousness, or true identity, can never die.

According to Christian Science, death is a moment of fear, and the belief of life in the flesh, which is a false state of mind, continues after death until it is dispelled by Christ, the idea of immortal sonship with God. Mary Baker Eddy says (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 28): "That death does not destroy the beliefs of the flesh, our Master proved to his doubting disciple, Thomas. Also, he demonstrated that divine Science alone can overbear materiality and mortality; and this great truth was shown by his ascension after death, whereby he arose above the illusion of matter."

Whether an individual seems to be living in the flesh here or elsewhere, his effort must be to prove the scientific truth that man is spiritual, coexistent with divine Mind as its idea, and untouched by the carnal mind's illusion of birth, of life in matter, or of death out of it. Jesus said to Martha (John 11:25), "He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." That man is God's immortal likeness and that his identity is intact in Spirit are demonstrable facts wherever we are.

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"The basis of immortality"
April 21, 1962

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