REMISSION

There are some who fail to understand the teaching of Christian Science relative to sin, and who therefore quarrel with their own misconceptions; but all honest seekers after truth soon discover that Christian Science declares sin and all discord to be unreal because God is not their author, and St. John emphatically states that "without him was not any thing made that was made." Nothing could be clearer on this point than the statement found in the tenets to which all who join the Christian Science church must subscribe, and which reads as follows: "We acknowledge God's forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts" (Science and Health, p. 497). Here it should be understood that the one who in any wise continues in sin, does so because to his belief sin is real, it gives pleasure, and has power to sway the will, even where suffering is seen to be inevitable.

The Christian Science worker is, however, far more concerned for the one who is struggling with the belief that sin can hold him as an unwilling victim in the fetters of past deeds or appetites than he is about the critic or caviller. Long ages ago the command was given through the prophet Isaiah "to loose the bands of wickedness, ... and that ye break every yoke;" obedience to which command is bringing wonderful results in the healing ministry of Christian Science. In the New Testament there are many references to the overcoming or remission of sins as related to the work of Christ Jesus, and it may be remembered that the Pharisees objected to Jesus' words on this subject on the same ground that critics of Christian Science object to its statement that sin is unreal. The Pharisees thought that the Master made light of sin when he said: "Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?" The proof of the remission of sin is made clear when we read that the paralyzed man rose, took up his bed, "and departed to his own house, glorifying God."

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October 5, 1912
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