Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life
Tuesday evening, in Huntsville, Texas, Karla Faye Tucker was executed by lethal injection for the crime of first-degree murder. The media attention this case received once more renews a focus on capital punishment.
Ms. Tucker was an attractive woman who said she had undergone a religious conversion. Many felt her to be sincere. She professed regret for the brutal murders she had committed under the influence of drugs. According to witnesses at her execution, even as she was strapped to the gurney she apologized to the relatives of her victims, expressed love to those around her, and was convinced she was soon to come face to face with Jesus Christ.
If she had experienced a spiritual rebirth, then she already had come face to face with the Christ, Truth. The Christ, which was so fully expressed in the spirituality and humanity of Jesus, is divine. It is the redemptive grace that comes to every receptive heart that is willing and ready to be redeemed from sin and made whole.
The textbook of Christian Science explains: "The Christ was the Spirit which Jesus implied in his own statements: 'I am the way, the truth, and the life;' 'I and my Father are one.' This Christ, or divinity of the man Jesus, was his divine nature, the godliness which animated him. Divine Truth, Life, and Love gave Jesus authority over sin, sickness, and death. His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what He does for man" (Mary Baker Eddy, "Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures," Pg. 26).
All of us have always been one with God. Many have not yet begun to realize that fact. Death, however, can never bring you or anyone closer to God. Neither can death take away Life. God is Life, as the Bible clearly reveals. God is not the life of a sinning, mortal personality; He is the Life of all that reflects Him. His sons and daughters are His spiritual reflection, and therefore are sinless and pure. And this is the true identity of everyone.