Unity of Good, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

Is There no Death?
page 373

which opposes itself to God, claims another father, and
denies spiritual sonship; but as many as receive the knowledge
of God in Science must reflect, in some degree, the
power of Him who gave and giveth man dominion over
all the earth.
   As soldiers of the cross we must be brave, and let Science
declare the immortal status of man, and deny the evidence
of the material senses, which testify that man dies.
   As the image of God, or Life, man forever reflects and
embodies Life, not death.  The material senses testify
falsely.  They presuppose that God is good and that man
is evil, that Deity is deathless, but that man dies, losing
the divine likeness.
   Science and material sense conflict at all points, from

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the revolution of the earth to the fall of a sparrow.  It is
mortality only that dies.
   To say that you and I, as mortals, will not enter this
dark shadow of material sense, called death, is to assert
what we have not proved; but man in Science never dies.
Material sense, or the belief of life in matter, must perish,
in order to prove man deathless.
   As Truth supersedes error, and bears the fruits of Love,
this understanding of Truth subordinates the belief in
death, and demonstrates Life as imperative in the divine
order of being.
   Jesus declares that they who believe his sayings will
never die; therefore mortals can no more receive everlasting
life by believing in death, than they can become
perfect by believing in imperfection and living imperfectly.
   Life is God, and God is good.  Hence Life abides in
man, if man abides in good, if he lives in God, who holds
Life by a spiritual and not by a material sense of being.
   A sense of death is not requisite to a proper or true
sense of Life, but beclouds it.  Death can never alarm or
even appear to him who fully understands Life.  The
death-penalty comes through our ignorance of Life, - of
that which is without beginning and without end, - and
is the punishment of this ignorance.
   Holding a material sense of Life, and lacking the spiritual
sense of it, mortals die, in belief, and regard all things
as temporal.  A sense material apprehends nothing strictly
belonging to the nature and office of Life.  It conceives

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and beholds nothing but mortality, and has but a feeble
concept of immortality.
   In order to reach the true knowledge and consciousness
of Life, we must learn it of good.  Of evil we can never
learn it, because sin shuts out the real sense of Life, and
brings in an unreal sense of suffering and death.
   Knowledge of evil, or belief in it, involves a loss of the
true sense of good, God; and to know death, or to believe
in it, involves a temporary loss of God, the infinite and
only Life.
   Resurrection from the dead (that is, from the belief in
death) must come to all sooner or later; and they who
have part in this resurrection are they upon whom the
second death has no power.
   The sweet and sacred sense of the permanence of man's
unity with his Maker can illumine our present being with
a continual presence and power of good, opening wide
the portal from death into Life; and when this Life shall
appear "we shall be like Him," and we shall go to the
Father, not through death, but through Life; not through
error, but through Truth.
   All Life is Spirit, and Spirit can never dwell in its antagonist,
matter.  Life, therefore, is deathless, because God
cannot be the opposite of Himself.  In Christian Science
there is no matter; hence matter neither lives nor dies.
To the senses, matter appears to both live and die, and

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