No Sunsets in Heaven

Old age is sometimes referred to as "the sunset years." It's an appropriate phrase because a sunset is just as much of an illusion as old age is, no matter how real each may seem to be.

We talk about sunrises and sunsets, but we all know that actually the sun never rises or sets. It is the turning earth that causes what seem to be the sunrise and sunset. The sun knows neither dawn nor dusk but just goes right on being the source of daylight.

So it is with God, divine Spirit, who knows nothing of birth or death, of infancy or senility. He goes right on being eternal Life, the source and cause of all true existence. Nor do His children, who dwell with Him forever in heaven, eternal harmony, ever experience beginnings or endings. Each one, in his or her true spiritual selfhood, is God's immortal child.

God, the only creator, has made us to be forever His image and likeness, as the Bible reveals. Like must produce like; an immortal cause must have an immortal effect. It is mortal mind, reasoning from the false evidence before the material senses, that insists man is mortal, dwelling in and at the mercy of a material body and a material universe.

Christian Science explains that mortal mind (or the carnal mind, as the Bible terms it) is a liar and that the whole of mortal existence is an illusion. As we increase in spiritual understanding of the truth of being, we begin to see that though we may seem to be living in a material world of day and night, actually, as Paul declared, it is God in whom "we live, and move, and have our being." Acts 17:28; God, Spirit, not matter!

Commenting on true being, Mrs. Eddy says: "Immortal Mind is God, immortal good; in whom the Scripture saith 'we live, and move, and have our being.' This Mind, then, is not subject to growth, change, or diminution, but is the divine intelligence, or Principle, of all real being; holding man forever in the rhythmic round of unfolding bliss, as a living witness to and perpetual idea of inexhaustible good." Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 82-83;

The revolutions of the earth on its axis as it travels around the sun cannot affect our true selfhood any more than it can affect the sun. The patterning of these revolutions into days, weeks, months, and years measures the passage of time. Calendars are useful but not meant to show that time develops us from infancy to maturity and then causes us to deteriorate into old age and death.

Mrs. Eddy affirms: "Man is not a pendulum, swinging between evil and good, joy and sorrow, sickness and health, life and death. Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker." She goes on to say: "The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun." Science and Health, p. 246;

God perpetuates in each one of us His own immortal qualities. He is not the source of infantile or senile characteristics. He expresses the power and purity of His own being, infinite Life and Love. As we maintain these truths in consciousness, we are able to express resilience, suppleness, agility, and grace, as well as wisdom, poise, serenity, and intelligence.

There are people who, although young in years, seem rigid in their thinking, and others who, although old in years, are young in heart. It is more widely accepted now that the passage of time, of itself, doesn't cause all the problems connected with old age. There is more concern about habits and life-styles, less automatic submission to ancient beliefs about age and time. But man is not, even in a degree, at the mercy of matter and time. He is the beloved child of God, the divine Principle, who eternally maintains the perfection of His creation.

Christ Jesus' teachings, understood in their radical Science, lead men not to think of themselves as mortals, subject to the limiting so-called laws of physical birth and death. He said, "Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." Matt. 23:9; His works of healing deny the reality of matter and affirm the allness of Spirit.

Omniactive Mind must be manifested in ever-active ideas. There is no inactive state for God's children. Nor do they slow down from a state of activity to one of inactivity. The functions of Mind are always at the peak of perfection. They never wax nor wane. Under the government of Mind, man is ageless, reflecting the vigor and vitality of eternal Mind.

If tempted to believe that we're either too young or too old, we can remember that ageless man exists in ageless being. Speaking of the eternal unity of God and man, Mrs. Eddy says, "This is the Father's great Love that He hath bestowed upon us, and it holds man in endless Life and one eternal round of harmonious being." Mis., p. 77.

November 30, 1974

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