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Is There no Death?

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1      JESUS not only declared himself " the way" and "the

         truth," but also "the life." God is Life; and as

3      there is but one God, there can be but one Life. Must

         man die, then, in order to inherit eternal life and enter


6      Our Master said, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand."

         Then God and heaven, or Life, are present, and death is

         not the real stepping-stone to Life and happiness. They

9      are now and here; and a change in human consciousness,

         from sin to holiness, would reveal this wonder of being.

         Because God is ever present, no boundary of time can

12    separate us from Him and the heaven of His presence;

         and because God is Life, all Life is eternal.

         Is it unchristian to believe there is no death? Not

15    unless it be a sin to believe that God is Life and All-in-all.

         Evil and disease do not testify of Life and God.

         Human beings are physically mortal, but spiritually

18    immortal. The evil accompanying physical personality

         is illusive and mortal; but the good attendant upon spirit-

         ual individuality is immortal. Existing here and now,

21    this unseen individuality is real and eternal. The so-

         called material senses, and the mortal mind which is mis-

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1      named man, take no cognizance of spiritual individuality,

         which manifests immortality, whose Principle is God.

3      To God alone belong the indisputable realities of being.

         Death is a contradiction of Life, or God; therefore it is

         not in accordance with His law, but antagonistic thereto.

6      Death, then, is error, opposed to Truth, — even the

         unreality of mortal mind, not the reality of that Mind

         which is Life. Error has no life, and is virtually without

9      existence. Life is real; and all is real which proceeds

         from Life and is inseparable from it.

         It is unchristian to believe in the transition called ma

12    terial death, since matter has no life, and such misbelief

         must enthrone another power, an imaginary life, above

         the living and true God. A material sense of life robs

15    God, by declaring that not He alone is Life, but that some-

         thing else also is life, — thus affirming the existence and

         rulership of more gods than one. This idolatrous and

18    false sense of life is all that dies, or appears to die.

         The opposite understanding of God brings to light

         Life and immortality. Death has no quality of Life; and

21    no divine fiat commands us to believe in aught which is

         unlike God, or to deny that He is Life eternal.

         Life as God, moral and spiritual good, is not seen in

24    the mineral, vegetable, or animal kingdoms. Hence the

         inevitable conclusion that Life is not in these kingdoms,

         and that the popular views to this effect are not up to the

27    Christian standard of Life, or equal to the reality of being,

         whose Principle is God.

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1      When "the Word" is "made flesh" among mortals,

         the Truth of Life is rendered practical on the body.

3      Eternal Life is partially understood; and sickness, sin,

         and death yield to holiness, health, and Life, — that is,

         to God. The lust of the flesh and the pride of physical

6      life must be quenched in the divine essence, — that om-

         nipotent Love which annihilates hate, that Life which

         knows no death.

9      "Who hath believed our report?" Who understands

         these sayings? He to whom the arm of the Lord is re-

         vealed. He loves them from whom divine Science removes

12    human weakness by divine strength, and who unveil the

         Messiah, whose name is Wonderful.

         Man has no underived power. That selfhood is false

15    which opposes itself to God, claims another father, and

         denies spiritual sonship; but as many as receive the knowl-

         edge of God in Science must reflect, in some degree, the

18    power of Him who gave and giveth man dominion over

         all the earth.

         As soldiers of the cross we must be brave, and let Science

21    declare the immortal status of man, and deny the evidence

         of the material senses, which testify that man dies.

         As the image of God, or Life, man forever reflects and

24    embodies Life, not death. The material senses testify

         falsely. They presuppose that God is good and that man

         is evil, that Deity is deathless, but that man dies, losing

27    the divine likeness.

         Science and material sense conflict at all points, from

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1      the revolution of the earth to the fall of a sparrow. It is

         mortality only that dies.

3      To say that you and I, as mortals, will not enter this

         dark shadow of material sense, called death, is to assert

         what we have not proved; but man in Science never dies.

6      Material sense, or the belief of life in matter, must perish,

         in order to prove man deathless.

         As Truth supersedes error, and bears the fruits of Love,

9      this understanding of Truth subordinates the belief in

         death, and demonstrates Life as imperative in the divine

         order of being.

12    Jesus declares that they who believe his sayings will

         never die; therefore mortals can no more receive ever-

         lasting life by believing in death, than they can become

15    perfect by believing in imperfection and living imperfectly.

         Life is God, and God is good. Hence Life abides in

         man, if man abides in good, if he lives in God, who holds

18    Life by a spiritual and not by a material sense of being.

         A sense of death is not requisite to a proper or true

         sense of Life, but beclouds it. Death can never alarm or

21    even appear to him who fully understands Life. The

         death-penalty comes through our ignorance of Life, — of

         that which is without beginning and without end, — and

24    is the punishment of this ignorance.

         Holding a material sense of Life, and lacking the spirit-

         ual sense of it, mortals die, in belief, and regard all things

27    as temporal. A sense material apprehends nothing strictly

         belonging to the nature and office of Life. It conceives

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1      and beholds nothing but mortality, and has but a feeble

         concept of immortality.

3      In order to reach the true knowledge and consciousness

         of Life, we must learn it of good. Of evil we can never

         learn it, because sin shuts out the real sense of Life, and

6      brings in an unreal sense of suffering and death.

         Knowledge of evil, or belief in it, involves a loss of the

         true sense of good, God; and to know death, or to believe

9      in it, involves a temporary loss of God, the infinite and

         only Life.

         Resurrection from the dead (that is, from the belief in

12    death) must come to all sooner or later; and they who

         have part in this resurrection are they upon whom the

         second death has no power.

15    The sweet and sacred sense of the permanence of man’s

         unity with his Maker can illumine our present being with

         a continual presence and power of good, opening wide

18    the portal from death into Life; and when this Life shall

         appear "we shall be like Him," and we shall go to the

         Father, not through death, but through Life; not through

21    error, but through Truth.

         All Life is Spirit, and Spirit can never dwell in its antag-

         onist, matter. Life, therefore, is deathless, because God

24    cannot be the opposite of Himself. In Christian Science

         there is no matter; hence matter neither lives nor dies.

         To the senses, matter appears to both live and die, and

27    these phenomena appear to go on ad infinitum; but such

         a theory implies perpetual disagreement with Spirit.

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1      Life, God, being everywhere, it must follow that death

         can be nowhere; because there is no place left for it.

3      Soul, Spirit, is deathless. Matter, sin, and death are

         not the outcome of Spirit, holiness, and Life. What then

         are matter, sin, and death ? They can be nothing except

6      the results of material consciousness; but material con-

         sciousness can have no real existence, because it is not a

         living — that is to say, a divine and intelligent — reality.

9      That man must be vicious before he can be virtuous,

         dying before he can be deathless, material before he can

         be spiritual, is an error of the senses; for the very opposite

12    of this error is the genuine Science of being.

         Man, in Science, is as perfect and immortal now, as

         when "the morning stars sang together, and all the sons

15    of God shouted for joy."

         With Christ, Life was not merely a sense of existence,

         but a sense of might and ability to subdue material con-

18    ditions. No wonder "people were astonished at his doc-

         trine; for he taught them as one having authority, and

         not as the scribes."

21    As defined by Jesus, Life had no beginning; nor was

         it the result of organization, or of an infusion of power

         into matter. To him, Life was Spirit.

24    Truth, defiant of error or matter, is Science, dispelling

         a false sense and leading man into the true sense of self-

         hood and Godhood; wherein the mortal does not develop

27    the immortal, nor the material the spiritual, but wherein

         true manhood and womanhood go forth in the radiance

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1      of eternal being and its perfections, unchanged and


3      This generation seems too material for any strong dem-

         onstration over death, and hence cannot bring out the

         infinite reality of Life, — namely, that there is no death,

6      but only Life. The present mortal sense of being is too

         finite for anchorage in infinite good, God, because mortals

         now believe in the possibility that Life can be evil.

9      The achievement of this ultimatum of Science, com-

         plete triumph over death, requires time and immense

         spiritual growth.

12    I have by no means spoken of myself, I cannot speak

         of myself as "sufficient for these things." I insist only

         upon the fact, as it exists in divine Science, that man dies

15    not, and on the words of the Master in support of this

         verity, — words which can never "pass away till all be


18    Because of these profound reasons I urge Christians

         to have more faith in living than in dying. I exhort them

         to accept Christ’s promise, and unite the influence of their

21    own thoughts with the power of his teachings, in the

         Science of being. This will interpret the divine power to

         human capacity, and enable us to apprehend, or lay hold

24    upon, "that for which," as Paul says in the third chapter

         of Philippians, we are also "apprehended of [or grasped

         by] Christ Jesus," — the ever-present Life which knows

27    no death, the omnipresent Spirit which knows no matter.

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