ERROR'S EFFECT AND END

It has been very constantly preached, and very generally believed, that the suffering which follows wrong-doing is a divine provision, an expression of what the Old Testament writers called "the vengeance of the Lord." Present-day theology would name it the means by which God is trying to make plain to men the unvarying authority of law and to establish in them those elements of character which only the heroic endurance of pain secures.

Christian Science presents an altogether different view, in its teaching that the infinite good does not legislate for evil; that Truth has no use for error, and that the assumption that God has called sin and sorrow, suffering and death into being, for the consummation of a gracious purpose, is entirely out of keeping with the divine nature and with the teaching of Christ Jesus. It declares that distress is the invariable and inevitable outcome of disobedience to the demands of spiritual being, and that the only word Truth has for error is the word of annihilation: "Thou shalt surely die."

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