Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Guaranteed for Life Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Guaranteed for Life Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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I recently moved to the United States from Europe. A minor difference I've noticed between these places is in the duration of warranties. Back home, a shopper is usually offered a year's full guarantee on parts and labor when purchasing electrical goods. Here it generally seems to be about three months.

I can assure you that a longer guarantee period makes for a more secure feeling about what you own.

The Bible offers everyone who comes to understand it an infinitely more secure "warranty" on something much more significant - life itself! It looks like life is mortal and comes with no guarantees at all; just an expectancy that some lucky ones will get a 70-, 80-, or 90-year life span. The Scriptures, however, teach that everyone's real life comes with a full guarantee of enduring forever: "The gift of God is eternal life" (Rom. 6:23). Doesn't that sound like a better deal than the terminal view of existence? You could say that Jesus Christ "walked the walk" of those words. After his crucifixion at the hands of religious and political conspirators, he rose from the grave through the power of God. Christian Science further explains that Jesus was able to do this because he understood the spiritual truth of God as the sole, indestructible Life of each of us. Step by step, this unconfined, spiritual sense of Life lifted him to ascension, or the final release from all limiting, material conditions. What the example of Jesus does for us all is show us that despite a seemingly finite, limited, human existence, our life is truly eternal, unlimited, and spiritual, an existence full of well-being. Not that human life is or can become eternal. But there are signs in human existence that point to spiritual individuality, to our identity as God's image, or expression. For instance, when someone sacrifices personal comfort and self-interest to serve a greater cause. Or when people overcome addiction or illness through prayer and diligent effort to live right. These examples point to our perfect identity, derived from the divine Principle, God. This real, eternal self never varies. The more we know it as our only true self, the more we see that we're assured of ever-flowing good from God. …

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