“The senses represent birth as untimely and death as irresistible, as if man were a weed growing apace or a flower withered by the sun and nipped by untimely frosts; but this is true only of a mortal, not of a man in God’s image and likeness.” (Science and Health, page 265)
The picture of a mortal and of his life can feel limiting, depressing, dark. It is spread on a canvas of time, which would depict a road that tapers off, a life that is made less lovely by matter’s effects on the body and on experience.
But this image that the senses present is not reality. It is an alluring premise that mesmerizes us into believing in a selfhood that is apart from God, from Love, from the immortal Life that is the Truth of being. We can agree to the terms of life and death, as boxed within this thing called time and physicality, or we can choose to live the right, the real, the loving.
God made us in His image and likeness. The deception that we are relegated to something sad and brief only leads us to a consciousness that is fearful, one that causes us to live smaller and more tentative lives, perhaps cherishing moments but also believing that life is wrapped in a material shell rather than boundless, beautiful, free.
An awakened perspective about our true immortality can reveal more heaven to us, here and now. We can allow God to write the story of our lives rather than the unkindness of mortal sense, limitation, time, and fear.
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