Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life Not Anymore!

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life Not Anymore!

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So much seems to depend on age these days. Many people plan their whole lives with age as a primary consideration. Why are some individuals so tied to a date on a calendar while others continue on little affected by it?

The Bible is helpful on this subject. It says that Moses lived to be 120 and that his sight did not dim with age; also that Caleb was ready for war at an advanced age. The book of Titus indicates that "aged women" teach young women how to love, to be sober, to honor God. On the other hand, David slew Goliath when quite young, and Christ Jesus was found discussing Hebrew law in the temple at the age of twelve. Later, Jesus instantaneously healed a man who had been crippled for thirty-eight years, as well as a man who had been blind since birth. And Jesus raised Lazarus from death four days after he had been buried.

The Science behind Jesus' works, Christian Science, explains that time is unknown to God, who is Spirit. God does not get old or tired or decay or wear out. Spirit is infinite, eternal, ageless. And inasmuch as we are made in the very image and likeness of God (see Genesis 1:26), we are spiritual. The image must be like the original. We are in fact ageless, eternal. Maintaining our vitality is the natural consequence of expressing God. That we can express God is the law of our being. Mary Baker Eddy learned how, through understanding God, we can apply His law in our lives. Her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures says, "Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise" (p. 246). Accepting the passage of time as inevitably producing ugliness and limitation is a negative influence of the human mind. But we can learn of our likeness to God, eternal good, and see our identity as subject only to the divine influence of "vigor, freshness, and promise." The practice of Christian healing takes place in our thinking. What we accept in thought determines our experience in daily living. When we correctly identify ourselves as spiritual, the expression of God, all limitations of materiality, including age, begin to fall away. …

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