Faith Factor | What is eternal life?
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – There was this wonderful baseball player, a pitcher named Satchel Paige, who pitched long after most pitchers had been retired for decades. But he wouldn’t allow himself to be conditioned by other people’s beliefs about age limits. He once asked, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?” He may not have had the best grammar, yet he surely had his perspectives about age under control.
That’s a good question, though. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? You’d have to pick an age – or at least you would be expected to. For God, is there really time? “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day,” says the Bible (II Peter 3:8). For God, who is ever-present Spirit and Love, there is no flowing of time. There is only eternity.
How about for us, the spiritual creations of God? “God hath given to us eternal life,” explains the Bible (I John 5:11). For spiritual ideas like you and me, could it be that there is no flowing of time either? Yes, God has given us eternal life. Eternal doesn’t mean 100 years, 200 years, or even 1,000 years. Eternal means without time altogether. What a gift. Eternal life! When somebody gives you a present, the gift isn’t of much use to you until you unwrap the package, open it up, and start to use it. God has given you such a wonderful gift! Instead of keeping it all unwrapped and unused, you might as well enjoy your eternal life.
Mary Baker Eddy asks an insightful question about origin on page 206 of her central work, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:” “Can there be any birth or death for man, the spiritual image and likeness of God?”
To me, that’s a pretty eyebrow-raising question. To be God’s 100 percent spiritual manifestation affords you countless freedoms – one such freedom being that you are excluded from any time-tables of birth into or death out of matter. Neither Spirit nor Spirit’s creation will ever be slaves to time. We don’t need time to become fully who we are. We don’t need time to be intelligent. We don’t need time to become strong. Also, time can’t erode who we are. It can’t dilute our intelligence. It can’t sap our strength.
“Lay hold on eternal life,” counsels the Bible (I Timothy 6:12). Yes, we must lay hold on our gift. Join a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, international speaker, Mark Swinney, of Sandia Park, New Mexico, for a talk Friday, Oct. 26, evening all about agelessness. Mr. Swinney will expand thoroughly on the idea of eternal Life and discuss how to claim it and defend it for ourselves. The hour-long lecture begins at 7 p.m. at “For Goodness Sake,” 10157 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.
Please RSVP to 530-550-8981. For more information visit http://www.goodnesssake.org.
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