Staying Alive

The Psalmist said, "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord." Ps. 118:17; Here living is connected with spiritual action— declaring the works of God. There is a difference between trying merely to stay alive in the human sense of existence and awakening to the spiritual sense of life in God. Christian Science reveals life as never beginning and never ending, as coexistent with the creator. But this life—real life—is the manifestation of the one Life, or God, and it is known only in the measure that the divine character is reflected.

Christ Jesus healed the sick and dying, but he did not teach that life is in the flesh. Instead he declared, "The flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63; In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures Mary Baker Eddy says of Jesus, "Understanding the nothingness of material things, he spoke of flesh and Spirit as the two opposites,—as error and Truth, not contributing in any way to each other's happiness and existence." Science and Health, p. 356; And then she repeats the Master's words quoted above, "The flesh profiteth nothing."

Once we find through Christian Science that to live rather than to die is the demand of Life, we make a consistent effort to stay alive, to prove that our unity with divine Life can never be broken. We refuse to think that we might as well pass on to the next experience.

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