Life—Before Birth and After Death

What would happen if you were to write 2 + 2 = 4 on a sheet of paper, and then, after a few moments, erase it? Would that mathematical truth begin to exist at the instant you wrote it? And would it cease to exist when you erased it? No. That provable fact has always existed, even before there were human beings to be aware of it, and it will continue forever.

While writing it on paper makes the equation physically visible, that act does not give it existence, and so erasing it cannot eliminate its truth. Although no longer visible to us, mathematical truth continues uninterrupted, not lessened in any degree whatsoever.

This illustration unfolded to me one day while I was pondering Mrs. Eddy's statement in Science and Health: "If we live after death and are immortal, we must have lived before birth, for if Life ever had any beginning, it must also have an ending, even according to the calculations of natural science."Science and Health, p. 429; I saw clearly that birth and death have nothing to do with man's real Life, God, because this Life has always existed and flows on unceasingly.

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May 23, 1970

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