Christian Science Bible Lessons
PROBATION AFTER DEATH.
- Section 2 -
(Death no benefactor)
We cannot spend our days here in ignorance of the Science of
Life, and expect to find beyond the grave a reward for this
ignorance. Death will not make us harmonious and immortal as a
recompense for ignorance. If here we give no heed to Christian
Science, which is spiritual and eternal, we shall not be ready for
spiritual Life hereafter.
291:1 Chapter 10: Science of Being
(Sin is punished)
The suppositions that sin is pardoned while unforsaken, that
happiness can be genuine in the midst of sin, that the so-called
death of the body frees from sin, and that God's pardon is aught
but the destruction of sin, - these are grave mistakes. We know
that all will be changed "in the twinkling of an eye," when the
last trump shall sound; but this last call of wisdom cannot come
till mortals have already yielded to each lesser call in the
growth of Christian character. Mortals need not fancy that belief
in the experience of death will awaken them to glorified being.
39:10 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist
(A belief suicidal)
The educated belief that Soul is in the body causes mortals to
regard death as a friend, as a stepping-stone out of mortality
into immortality and bliss. The Bible calls death an enemy, and
Jesus overcame death and the grave instead of yielding to them. He
was "the way." To him, therefore, death was not the threshold
over which he must pass into living glory.