Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

When a Good Friend Dies Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

When a Good Friend Dies Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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The recent tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, which has left so many people around the world mourning, marks the loss of a good friend, though most had never met her in person. Even someone for whom the British monarchy seems a symbol of oppression-a Northern Irish nationalist-was quoted in my local paper as saying how deeply she felt the loss of the princess.

What can we do when we lose a friend to an untimely death? We can grieve. We can feel profound regret. These may be the reactions that come automatically to mind. You could even say that such responses are expected of us, and that feeling anything less would be cold and heartless.

The Holy Bible, which is sure to be read from at tomorrow's funeral in London, indicates much to the contrary. The Bible's message is one of life, not death.

It's hard to imagine a more crushing loss than that experienced by the disciples of Jesus Christ. They had remained faithful to their friend and Teacher when he was betrayed and crucified. They did grieve. They did mourn their loss. Yet it turned out these responses were needless; within days their Master was risen. Had they understood all he had taught them about the eternality of life, they would have known that death is not the final chapter for anyone.

Does this have anything to do with Diana, or with anyone for whom we are grieving?

It does! What Jesus proved true at the time of his resurrection he was proving to be the truth for all time. This truth is that we are, in reality, the spiritual image and likeness of God and, as such, cannot ever die. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures says that Jesus "fully and finally demonstrated divine Science in his victory over death and the grave" (p. 45). That was written by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered this Science, the law of God-the law of eternal Life-which empowered the works of Jesus.

Divine Science (named by Mrs. Eddy Christian Science) underlies the truth found in the Bible. It demonstrates that God is Spirit, and that we are spiritual. Each of us is in reality immortal because God is immortal. Each individual is eternally existent in God, as an idea of God. …

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