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Following the example set by the question-and-answer columns in the early Journals, when Mary Baker Eddy was Editor, this column will respond to general queries from Journal readers with responses from Journal readers. You'll find information at the end of the column about how to submit questions.


From the September 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal

What does the term "second death" mean, as referred to in Revelation 2:11, 20:6, 14, and 21:8, and also as quoted in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy on page 77?—A READER IN MICHIGAN, US

A1 That's a powerful question. Fire-and-brimstone visuals with threat of separation from God and everlasting suffering, have haunted humanity for millennia.

But Jesus proved that God's nature is to bless continuously all life and being. Mary Baker Eddy's references in Science and Health to the "second death" describe a dissolution of belief that must be learned through all planes of existence—until the belief of material living is replaced by the understanding of the uninterrupted continuity of life in good, in God. We live, not die, by progressively expressing the spiritual nature of God.

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