Christian Science teaches that Jesus, through his death,...

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Christian Science teaches that Jesus, through his death, resurrection, and ascension, demonstrated certain facts concerning the Science of being which are necessary to be understood in order that mortals may follow the Scriptural injunction, "Work out your own salvation;" and the plan of salvation involves—first, repentance, that is, the recognition that sin is wrong; second, the absolute abandonment of that which is discovered to be wrong, in order that sin may be eliminated from the life of the individual and he may attain to spiritual and Christlike manhood. Christian Science recognizes the truth of the Scriptural statement, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." All mortals are imperfect, and must, therefore, learn the way of righteousness and deport themselves accordingly, even to the extent of attaining to the full stature of manhood in Christ, putting off "the old man with his deeds," and putting on "the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him."

Christian Science does not teach that man is a mindless creature, but that man is God's own image, an expression of the divine intelligence. Science recognizes that sin, though no part of the divine economy, and therefore only an imposition, must be detected and destroyed by Truth and righteousness.

We plead guilty to the fact that Christian Science does deny the existence of a personal devil, and we insist that there is no Scriptural authority for believing that the devil is a person or intelligence. Jesus said of him that because he "abode not in the truth, there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." Here the Master plainly declares that Satan is a self-constituted lie, simply deception, that which never had any truth in it, which does not live in the truth, and whose offspring is a lie. Surely our critic will not attempt to declare that such a devil is a person or intelligence.

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