"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32

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MORTALS AND IMMORTALS 

A simple definition of the word “mortal” according to Webster’s is “subject to death.”  But the crowning achievement of Christ Jesus’ life was the undisputable evidence he provided that life was not at the mercy of the cruelty of a crucifixion.  And, yes, there was his further proof of immortality in his ascension after 3 days in a grave.   Interestingly, the Psalmist, centuries before, had arrived at the conclusion that “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou (God) art with me…” (Psalms 23:4)  Clearly, this lesson is focused on proof that God is our Life, and that what we call death is simply a false sense of things.  Again to quote the Psalmist:  “For with thee (God) is the fountain of life;  in thy light shall we see light.” (Ps.36:9)  

What is it, then, that comes to an end?  Simply a false or corruptible sense of things.  Doing away with this false sense enables us to “put on immortality” as Christ Jesus certainly did.  Mary Baker Eddy writes:  “God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God’s likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal.  The Science of being furnishes the rule of perfection, and brings immortality to light.” She continues:  “God and man are not the same, but in the order of divine Science, God and man coexist and are eternal.  God is the parent Mind and man is God’s spiritual offspring.” (S&H 336:25) 

Further, she insists that “the mortal and imperfect so-called `children of men’ are counterfeits from the beginning, to be laid aside for the pure reality.”  This transformation will occur “as mortals realize the Science of man and seek the true model.”  (S&H 409:20)  The question for us each to ask ourselves is:  Am I turning away from material sense and looking towards the “imperishable things of Spirit?”  Am I honest?  If so then I can expect to “gain a little in the right direction” until I “finish my course with joy.” (S&H 21:9)    Enoch is the Old Testament example of one who lived 365 years and then “walked with God.”  (Genesis 5:21-24)   And in the familiar and loved 23 Psalm, we read: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for (Love) is with me;  Love’s rod and Love’s staff they comfort me.” 

Is there anything to fear in the promise that: “…goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;  and I will dwell in the house (the consciousness) of “Love” for ever?  Mary Baker Eddy’s “near-death” experience taught her that “all real being is in God, the divine Mind, and that Life,  Truth, and Love are all-powerful and ever-present;  that the opposite of  Truth,--called error, sin, sickness, disease, death,--is the false testimony of false material sense, of mind in matter;  (and) that this false sense evolves, in belief, a subjective state of mortal mind which this same co-called mind names matter..”  She concludes:  “Not death, but the understanding of Life, makes man immortal.”  (S&H 108:19 and 485:14-19)    

Another Old Testament account of the overcoming of death is that of Hezekiah who appeared to be near death.  But  God answered his prayers and restored him.  (II Kings 20:1-5)   Mrs. Eddy comments:  “…sin and sorrow, disease and death, are the suppositional absence of Life, God, and flee as phantoms of error before truth and Love…Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.”  (S&H 215:19-21 and  476:9-13 and 18-22)   Shall we not do as she suggests and “…seek the spiritual status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood?” (S&H 476:18-22) 

She adds:  “It is a sin to believe that aught can overpower omnipotent and eternal life….”  (S&H 428: 32-4)   The lesson includes Jesus’ promise:  “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”  (John 8:12)   His raising from apparent death the daughter of the synagogue’s ruler follows.  (Mark 5:22-42)    Mrs. Eddy insists that sickness and sin are illusions from which we must awaken.  She quotes Jesus’ promise that life eternal is “a present knowledge of his Father and of himself—the knowledge of Love, Truth, and Life.”  (S&H 410:4-7)   

How comforting to know that “The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man’s real existence as a child of God comes to light.” (S&H 288:31-1)  And that life is, not shall be, eternal.   

Jamae van Eck