"The ultimatum of life"

Mary Baker Eddy says in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," in an article entitled "Youth and Young Manhood" (p. 273): "The ultimatum of life here and hereafter is utterly apart from a material or personal sense of pleasure, pain, joy, sorrow, life, and death. The truth of life, or life in truth, is a scientific knowledge that is portentous; and is won only by the spiritual understanding of Life as God, good, ever-present good, and therefore life eternal."

In Christian Science "the ultimatum of life" for youth is the same as that for any age: spiritual perfection. Christ Jesus said (Matt. 5:48), "Be ye ... perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." To begin early in life to attain this final condition is a great advantage.

Healing Bodily Ailments
November 28, 1964

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