The Foreverness of Life
“Understanding the continuity of existence gives
one peace and harmony and power"
One of the fundamental teachings of Christian Science is that God is All. Life being a synonym of God. Life is All. Because Life is All there is no death.
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Are we accepting this great truth? Are we accepting the glorious possibilities of immortal being? Are we acknowledging as real the immortal man, the image of God, or are we accepting as true the material mortal, who sins, suffers, and dies? Are we choosing the real, or are we choosing the illusion? We must make the choice. There is no halfway position.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 428), "The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal." Man's immortality is unassailable. Immortality is not reached at some future date when the so-called experience of death occurs. Right now, we are living in the eternality of Life— Life without beginning and without ending.
The depth of this truth touches our innermost being. It makes our hearts overflow with gratitude to God, who has given us the gift of everlasting life. Our overflowing feeling makes us yearn to heed the divine commands: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind ... Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself' (Matt. 22: 37-39).
Loving God, one recognizes His immortality. Similarly, loving one's spiritual selfhood, one recognizes one's own immortality; and loving one's neighbor as an idea of God, one recognizes one's neighbor's immortality. Loving God means loving Life with every fiber of one's being.
Our Leader says in Science and Health (p. 492), "Being is holiness, harmony, immortality." This being is the true selfhood of all of us. Our true being is thus forever established in the divine likeness, forever established in immortality. We are forever in the embrace of eternal Life. Right now, the spiritual fact is that we are forever, always, indubitably enfolded in the eternal, loving arms of the living God.
This understanding of man's continuous living, his immortality, was an immeasurable comfort to the writer at the time of the passing on of one close and inestimably dear to her. No gestures, no matter how loving, that were based on human sympathy and the belief in the reality of loss could aid her. She had to stay on the mountaintop of the understanding of the eternality of life, where there is no grief, no parting, no separation, no loss. She could not come down from this pinnacle of spiritual truth, or she would have been engulfed in a sense of overwhelming personal tragedy.
Jesus said (John 8:32), "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." She knew the truth that man is an infinite idea, spiritual and immortal, untouched by physicality, suffering, or finality. This truth made her free from the human beliefs that life has a beginning and an ending. She knew that her loved one was going on, as always, progressing, enlarging his expression of goodness, vitality, intelligence, and love. Her joy was not taken from her. She knew that joy is a quality of God and that neither she nor the loved one that was now out of her material sense of vision could be separated from joy or any other quality of God.
She knew that Life denies death. She knew that our Father-Mother God, who imparts continuous goodness and blessedness, could not deprive us for one moment of the continuity of life. Not for one moment could man fail to express life, for that would leave God unexpressed, and this would be impossible. She felt humbly grateful for the availability of the teachings of Christian Science and for its clear explanation of the deathlessness of man. She saw that understanding the continuity of existence gives one peace and harmony and power. She felt the spiritual glory of the truth of man's eternal, uninterrupted, forever at-one-ment with living, omniactive Life and Love.
In "Miscellaneous Writings," our beloved Leader says (p. 189), "The meek Nazarene's steadfast and true knowledge of preexistence of the nature and the inseparability of God and man,— made him mighty." Let us dwell on the great spiritual fact of man's immortality, and let us be more steadfast in our knowledge of our preexistence, in our awareness that man is inseparable from God, possessing life without beginning and without ending. Then we too shall reflect some of the might that our great Exemplar expressed. Jesus was ever conscious of the immortality of man and of man's eternal perfection. Out of the depth of his compassion for mankind and his love for God and man, he proved that Truth, Life, and Love are immortal and that man is inseparable from their foreverness.
Wisdom is better than rubies ... My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold: and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: that I may cause those that love me to inherit substance: and I will fill their treasures.—Proverbs 8:11, 19-21.