A correspondent objects to an article reprinted from The Christian Science Monitor,...

The Geneseo (Ill.) Republic

A correspondent objects to an article reprinted from The Christian Science Monitor, entitled "The Exposure of Sin," and he has seriously misinterpreted its meaning. The critic's difficulty arises from his failure to note the distinction made by Christian Science between God's spiritual, perfect man who cannot commit nor know sin, and the sinning, false consciousness of mortals, which must be put off as spiritual being is attained.

Mrs. Eddy writes on page 251 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "This process of higher spiritual understanding improves mankind until error disappears, and nothing is left which deserves to perish or to be punished." In God's perfect universe there is no deviation from His law of absolute good, and in this eternal reality His will is never violated, and punishment is consequently unknown. In human experience, on the contrary, the sins of mankind necessarily result in punishment till they are conquered through the power of Christ, as the Bible teaches. This point is made plain by Mrs. Eddy's statement on page 261 of "Miscellaneous Writings": "Christian Science not only elucidates but demonstrates this verity of being; namely, that mortals suffer from the wrong they commit, whether intentionally or ignorantly; that every effect and amplification of wrong will revert to the wrong-doer, until he pays his full debt to divine law, and the measure he has meted is measured to him again, full, pressed down, and running over. Surely 'the way of the transgressor is hard.'"

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