Christian Science teaches that in the divine Mind there...

Coshocton (Ohio) Times-Age

Christian Science teaches that in the divine Mind there can be no sin, nothing impure. God's thoughts are real and eternal, and if He were conscious of evil or sin, then evil and sin would be eternal. The prophet Habakkuk declares that God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil."

Mrs. Eddy states (Science and Health, p. 71): "Nothing is real and eternal,—nothing is Spirit,—but God and His idea. Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense." For God to know evil would belittle His omnipotence, and for man to believe that evil has power to rule him, to make him a thief or a drunkard, is to lose sight of the true idea of God. Omnipotent good, God, cannot create man capable of evil. Christian Science differentiates between God's man, His own image and likeness, and a sinful mortal. It teaches that all God made is good, and is eternal, and that He did not make sin, sickness, and mortality. It teaches that a mortal or sinful man is the expression or reflection of the carnal mind, which Paul declares is enmity against God, Spirit. It classifies as unreal all that seems real to material sense. It does not deny that to the human sense, matter, sin, sickness, and death seem real. These conditions will continue to appear real until God is better understood.

February 16, 1918

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