Lesson 163

“There is no death. The Son of God is free.”

Death is a thought which takes on many forms, often unrecognized.
It may appear as sadness, fear, anxiety or doubt; as anger, faithlessness
and lack of trust; concern for bodies, envy, and all forms in which the
wish to be as you are not may come to tempt you. All such thoughts
are but reflections of the worshipping of death as savior and as giver
of release.

Embodiment of fear, the host of sin, god of the guilty and the
lord of all illusions and deceptions, does the thought of death seem
mighty. For it seems to hold all living things within its withered
hand; all hopes and wishes in its blighting grasp. All goals perceived
but in its sightless eyes. The frail, the helpless and the sick bow down
before its image, thinking it alone is real, inevitable, worthy of their
trust. For it alone will surely come.

All things but death are seen to be unsure, too quickly lost
however hard to gain, uncertain in their outcome, apt to fail the hopes
they once engendered, and to leave the taste of dust and ashes in their
wake in place of aspirations and of dreams. But death is counted on.
For it will come with certain footsteps when the time has come for its
arrival. It will never fail to take all life as hostage to itself
Would you bow down to idols such as this? Here is the strength
and might of God Himself perceived within an idol made of dust.
Here is the opposite of God proclaimed as lord of all creation,
stronger than God’s Will for life, the endlessness of love and Heaven’s
perfect, changeless constancy. Here is the Will of Father and of Son
defeated finally, and laid to rest beneath the headstone death has
placed upon the body of the holy Son of God.

Unholy in defeat, he has become what death would have him
be. His epitaph, which death itself has written, gives no name to him,
for he has passed to dust. It says but this: “Here lies a witness God is
dead.” And this it writes again and still again, while all the while its
worshippers agree, and kneeling down with foreheads to the ground,
they whisper fearfully that it is so.

It is impossible to worship death in any form, and still select a
few you would not cherish, and would yet avoid while still believing
in the rest. For death is total. Either all things die, or else they live and
cannot die. No compromise is possible. For here again we see an
obvious position which we must accept if we be sane; what
contradicts one thought entirely can not be true unless its opposite is
proven false.

The idea of the death of God is so preposterous that even the
insane have difficulty in believing it. For it implies that God was once
alive and somehow perished, killed, apparently, by those who did not
want him to survive. Their stronger will could triumph over His, and
so eternal life gave way to death. And with the Father died the Son
as well.

Death’s worshippers may be afraid. And yet can thoughts like
these be fearful? If they saw that it is only this which they believed,
they would be instantly released. And you will show them this today.

There is no death, and we renounce it now in every form, for their
salvation and our own as well. God made not death. Whatever form
it takes must therefore be illusion. This the stand we take today. And
it is given us to look past death and see the light beyond.

Our Father, bless our eyes today. We are Your messengers,
and we would look upon the glorious reflection of Your Love
Which shines in everything. We live and breathe in You alone. We
are not separate from Your eternal life. There is no death, for death is not Your Will. And we abide where You have placed us, in the Life we share with You and with all living things, to be like You and part of You forever. We accept Your Thoughts as ours, and our will is One with Yours eternally. Amen.

Britney Shawley added:

Our Father, bless our eyes today. We are Your messengers, and we would look upon the glorious reflection of Your Love which shines in everything. We live and move in You alone. We are not separate from Your eternal life. There is no death, for death is not Your Will. And we abide where You have placed us, in the life we share with You and with all living things, to be like You and part of You forever. We accept Your Thoughts as ours, and our will is one with Yours eternally. Amen.

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