Spiritual understanding is what Jesus came to teach mortals

The Selma (Ala.) Journal

Spiritual understanding is what Jesus came to teach mortals. He also showed them how to demonstrate this understanding in order that they might be able to distinguish between the real and the unreal, between the works of God and the works of the devil (evil), and thus destroy sin in the human consciousness. This is the divine method of pardon which comes through Christ, Truth.

Our critic quotes from I John, "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him [God] a liar, and his word is not in us." Here the critic betrays his ignorance of what Christian Science teaches, and of the Scriptures also. John was of course speaking about human beings, or the sinning race of Adam, who were sinners and needed to be saved. Speaking in the absolute, and of God's children, not the children of men, he says: "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. . . . Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin ; for his seed remaineth in him : and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." Again, "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not ; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not."

In justice to God, we must admit that all He made was spiritual and perfect, and He made all that was made. He could not have made evil, materiality, or mortal man, because there is nothing in Spirit out of which they could be made. In James we read : "Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?" Spirit and matter, good and evil, are opposites, even as light and darkness are opposites. Neither can you say "black is white," or vice versa. One will not mingle with the other.

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