The term "sin" has a much broader signification than...

Roanoke (Va.) Times

The term "sin" has a much broader signification than that of the voluntary commission of wrong acts alone, but according to Webster it includes "all evil thoughts." To hold, then, wrong concepts of God and His creation, together with the logical deductions which necessarily follow them, is to cherish evil thoughts, inasmuch as evil is the opposite of Truth. Mrs. Eddy, in common with all other mortals, was taught in her youth to accept that which has become grounded in human belief through thousands of years of materialistic education. After her discovery of Christian Science she learned that the rise from this condition of thought to the full comprehension of God as Spirit and His creation as spiritual, is a gradual process, of which the triumph over death is the last step, in accordance with the Scriptural statement, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." She has never claimed to have gained the spiritual growth necessary for this greatest demonstration, but she has had sufficient to add nearly forty-five years to her earthly life, all filled with ceaseless labor for the redemption of mankind.

Christian Science does not teach that pain and disease are "imaginary," in the usual sense of this word, but that they do not exist in the spiritual, which is the only reality. While, as a rule, Scientists have broken bones set mechanically, many such cases have been handled by Christian Science treatment alone, with great success. It should be understood that the Principle of Christian Science is equal to any occasion, inasmuch as the healing power is God, and therefore there is no incurable disease known to it; but, as this healing is manifested through man, the success of the student of Christian Science, as in the case of the student of mathematics, is limited to the degree of understanding to which he has attained.

While to the beginner the statements of spiritual truth may seem puzzling, owing to the bias of education in the opposite direction, perseverance with an open mind will gradually unfold the right understanding.

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March 25, 1911

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