I WAS doing a crossword puzzle. The clue was "unending time."
The answer had eight letters, and the last letter was a "y." I filled in the word "eternity."
But I had to smile to myself as I did so. From my first introduction to the spiritual meaning of the Bible, through the teachings of Christian Science, I had been learning something radically different from this material view of eternity. Eternity is not unending time; it is the spiritual truth of timeless being.
This is something wonderful to know. It liberates us from time restraints as well as from feeling we have too much time on our hands. Time is not, ultimately, a real factor in our lives. God, Spirit, is the only true factor determining our experiences. And since God Himself is eternal, His image and likeness--which the Bible declares spiritual man to be--must be as eternal as He is. To the degree that we comprehend that we are each, in reality, this eternal, spiritual man of God's creating, we disentangle ourselves from the domination of time.
In the Bible, John's Gospel states, "This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." As we yield to the spiritual ideas that appear to our thought, we experience such "knowing" of what God really is. Then we realize more and more how divine Life's, God's, eternality alone determines man's ability to act.
Understanding this makes a practical difference. One time I left my house late for an appointment and spotted an acquaint-ance. It occurred to me that it would be loving to stop and talk to this individual and to nurture the fledgling interest she had shown in understanding more of her relationship with God. At the same time I thought that I couldn't possibly stop because I was late already! …