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Overcoming time, demonstrating eternity

From the August 1992 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Does the passage of time wear out life? Does the individual stand helpless before the so-called ravages of time? These are questions not avoided in the teachings of Christian Science, but dealt with emphatically through spiritual explanation and demonstration.

In the Bible it was said of Moses that in his one hundred and twentieth year, "His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated." Deut. 34:7. In the early part of this century, a life span of 120 seemed utterly astronomical. But today, think how many individuals there are— and active too—who are beginning to approximate the age of Moses quoted in Deuteronomy.

Longevity has increased steadily over the past hundred years. There are those who attribute this to physiology and hygiene. Yet how persuasive seem descriptive articles and images today, tending to frighten people over a potential shortened life span due to what are portrayed as environmental and personal dangers. Alarms are constantly sounded, in particular, over the food we eat and dangers are outlined that derive from these fears. Indeed, threats and disease seem to lurk around every corner, according to much of the information we receive.

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