“When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts. Oh may you feel this touch…it is a spiritual idea that lights your path!”
Mary Baker Eddy
Dr. Eben Alexander pulled out of the coma the disease had put him in and survived. Now he says his life has been forever changed since that near-death experience in 2008.
“DO WE MEET THOSE GONE BEFORE?”
From the January 29, 1955 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Questions which often torment those who mourn are: Does life continue after death? If so, do we meet again those gone before? The answers are found in Christian Science, the revelation of the Christ to this age.
Christian Science is the Comforter promised by Jesus. The Christly message in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy and in her other writings brings comfort to the brokenhearted, for it heals their sense of loss and incompleteness. Christian Science offers to the disconsolate thought-provoking statements of truth winged with immortality which leave their imprint and seem to say in substance: Know that your loved ones actually live in Spirit. Deny any belief that they live in matter. Know that they never lived in a material body. Cease to look to material substance for life!
Life is baffling only when viewed through the unreliable lens called material sense. Because mortals accept this lens as reliable, mortal existence seems to include birth into matter and death out of it. Those who are learning to avail themselves of Christian Science use the lens of Spirit through which matter cannot be seen. Through this lens, spiritual substance is clearly discerned.
“After the change called death takes place, do we meet those gone before? —or does life continue in thought only as in a dream?” This question drew from Mrs. Eddy an encouraging answer. She says in part (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 42), “When we shall have passed the ordeal called death, or destroyed this last enemy, and shall have come upon the same plane of conscious existence with those gone before, then we shall be able to communicate with and to recognize them.” In Science and Health (p. 75), Mrs. Eddy speaks of the moment previous to the transition as the one occasion when those termed dead and the living can commune; and she brings out that those who are departing sometimes mention the names of those whose glad greetings they hear and whose joyous faces they see.
On the occasion when Jesus showed himself to his disciples after he had risen from the dead, as recorded in the twenty-first chapter of John, it was the “disciple whom Jesus loved” who first recognized the Master. “As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.” We are told that Simon Peter was then enabled to draw in these “hundred and fifty and three” fishes without breaking the net. Whereupon Jesus invited them all to come and dine, and none dared ask who he was, “knowing that it was the Lord.”