Timeless Life

For the Lesson titled “Life” from January 13–19, 2014

Conspiracies can be as harmless as children hiding from a searching playmate, or as dangerous as a coordinated effort to inflict major damage. But the biggest conspiracy of all is exposed in this Bible Lesson titled “Life,” the fiction that man is trapped in an aging mortal body and helpless to stave off the destructive impact of time. “Time-tables of birth and death are so many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood,” Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 246, citation 10).

The book of Joshua provides powerful biblical examples of how individuals moved to a different rhythm than “the clanging bells of time” (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 418), a phrase from a hymn by Ellen M. H. Gates that captures the relentless march of time . Asked to undertake the important mission of investigating the land where the Israelites were headed, Caleb shared the reason for his success, as well as his vigor, more than four decades later: “I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God” (Joshua 14:8, New Living Translation, see cit. 11.) [This article quotes Bible passages from a variety of translations. All of the passages in the Bible Lesson itself are taken from the King James Version.]

In the Christian Science Bible Lesson
Sincere seeking—and finding
January 13, 2014

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