Christian Science Bible Lessons
PROBATION AFTER DEATH.
- Section 4 -
The recognition of Spirit and of infinity comes not suddenly
here or hereafter. The pious Polycarp said: "I cannot turn at
once from good to evil." Neither do other mortals accomplish the
change from error to truth at a single bound.
Existence continues to be a belief of corporeal sense until the
Science of being is reached. Error brings its own
self-destruction both here and hereafter, for mortal mind creates
its own physical conditions. Death will occur on the next plane
of existence as on this, until the spiritual understanding of Life
is reached. Then, and not until then, will it be demonstrated that
"the second death hath no power."
290:16-32 Chapter 10: Science of Being
If the change called death destroyed the belief in sin,
sickness, and death, happiness would be won at the moment of
dissolution, and be forever permanent; but this is not so.
Perfection is gained only by perfection. They who are unrighteous
shall be unrighteous still, until in divine Science Christ, Truth,
removes all ignorance and sin.
(Sin is punished)
The sin and error which possess us at the instant of death do
not cease at that moment, but endure until the death of these
errors. To be wholly spiritual, man must be sinless, and he
becomes thus only when he reaches perfection. The murderer,
though slain in the act, does not thereby forsake sin. He is no
more spiritual for believing that his body died and learning that
his cruel mind died not. His thoughts are no purer until evil is
disarmed by good. His body is as material as his mind, and vice
430:3 Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice
Mortal mind must part with error, must put off itself with its
deeds, and immortal manhood, the Christ ideal, will appear. Faith
should enlarge its borders and strengthen its base by resting upon
Spirit instead of matter. When man gives up his belief in death,
he will advance more rapidly towards God, Life, and Love. Belief
in sickness and death, as certainly as belief in sin, tends to
shut out the true sense of Life and health. When will mankind
wake to this great fact in Science?
476:13-22 Chapter 14: Recapitulation
Question 14. - What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a
material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
(Mortals are not immortals)
Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a
perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. They
were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and
brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is finally swallowed up in
immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give
place to the facts which belong to immortal man.
Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the spiritual status of
man, which is outside of all material selfhood.