“For thine is the kingdom . . . ” – Q&A #12

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

Question: Does man also exist forever?

Answer: We know that man reflects the qualities of God. Since God is eternal, man, God’s
reflection, must be eternal also. Mary Baker Eddy is definite on this point:

“Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.” (S&H 516:21)

“Man is, and forever has been, God’s reflection.” (S&H 471:17-18)

One important thing this means for man, is that there is no real death, no ending. You do not have to fear losing your life.

“As the image of God, or Life, man forever reflects and embodies Life, not death.” (Un. 39:23-24)

“Man is deathless, spiritual. He is above sin or frailty. He does not cross the barriers of time into the vast forever of Life, but he coexists with God and the universe.” (S&H 266:29)

You may wonder what this “forever” man is like. We know what he is not: mortal! Mrs. Eddy explains:

“Man is not absorbed in Deity; for he is forever individual; but what this everlasting individuality is, remains to be learned. Mortals have not seen it. That which is born of the flesh is not man’s eternal
identity.” (No 25:19-22)

“Truth demonstrated is eternal life.”  (S&H 289:1-2) 

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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For Thine - #12

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