The Treatment of Sin

The objection is sometimes made by those unacquainted with the actual teaching of Christian Science, that it is dangerous to say that evil is unreal, because it will tend to encourage the criminal in committing crime under the excuse that it is not real evil. This sort of assertion is made notwithstanding the fact that on page 339 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy has written, "A sinner can receive no encouragement from the fact that Science demonstrates the unreality of evil, for the sinner would make a reality of sin,—would make that real which is unreal, and thus heap up 'wrath against the day of wrath.'"

An illustration that cleared all doubt from the thought of the writer on this point was found in an experience with a little child. A little girl had been for some time manifesting a tendency toward disobedience. Small penalties had been tried with no effect, and a member of the family had remarked that in justice to the child stricter measures should be meted out. Although neither parent relished the thought of corporal punishment, it seemed preferable to allowing the child to indulge in self-will and to develop a sense of insubordination. At this point, it was decided to take the problem to Christian Science, in which all the family were beginners. A study of Science and Health revealed unmistakably that, as Mrs. Eddy says on page 404: "Healing the sick and reforming the sinner are one and the same thing in Christian Science. Both cures require the same method and are inseparable in Truth."

October 8, 1921

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