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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 Journalreaders with responses from Journal readers. You’ll find information at the end of the column about how to submit questions. Readers are also encouraged to go to Chapter III of Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896 by Mary Baker Eddy — “Questions and Answers.”

In raising the dead, they return to our state, do they not?

From the January 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Q. Mary Baker Eddy stated that the departed cannot communicate with those who are here, with one exception—the moment when one passes from one state to another. She says, “We may pass on to their state of existence, but they cannot return to ours” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 34:20).

Jesus raised the dead, restored others and himself to our state, and said that we should raise the dead also. Christ Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, to communicate with Moses and Elias.

In raising the dead, they return to our state, do they not? How can we understand this?

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