Predestination and Choice

When Christian Science makes its appeal to people through its healing ministry, they soon find themselves called upon to adjust their religious concepts so as to come into line with the requirements of Principle. Material rites, now as in Jesus' time, give place to more spiritual ideals, and doctrines predicated upon the belief of evil as a factor in the divine government of man and the universe give place to the recognized fact that as God is infinite good, evil can have no place in the divine purpose.

It is reassuring to know that as we loosen our hold upon erroneous beliefs about God and man, the truth of being, as eternally established, bears witness to the divine will, which is good, and good only. While it is true that the doctrine of predestination is no longer believed in as at one time, yet it has an important place in Scripture, and so deserves our attention. The belief that God had, before man appeared on this planet, predestinated some to eternal happiness and others to eternal sin and misery, is at variance with the demand for choice, which is so insistent in the Bible.

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