ONE PHASE OF SCIENTIFIC CHRISTIANITY

The doctrine of eternal damnation, though fast disappearing from theological creeds, still remains in human thought as an element of cruelty which needs the correcting influence of scientific Christianity. Among the various expressions of mercilessness cultivated by this theory, are found the belief in incurable disease, the sense of hopeless poverty, the manifestation of limited intelligence; and that which deals with the denial of man's spiritual perfection most frequently claims the attention of the Christian Scientist.

For instance, suppose that an individual habitually, or even occasionally, expresses wickedness; mortals attach this wickedness to the man, and, governed consciously or unconsciously by the teaching of eternal damnation, call him a bad man. They not only think of this man as being evil, but they speak of him as sinful, act toward him as if he were inherently bad, and by their beliefs about him continually damn (condemn) the man. On the other hand, the individual who is governed by the teachings of Christian Science recognizes that the real nature of man is good, because God is the only creator, and God could not make an imperfect or sinful man. This Truth-governed individual knows that wickedness is not a permanent part of any person, and that some time the belief in wickedness is to be put off, hence it is inevitable that the real, sinless nature shall finally be seen as the only fact about man.

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