Forgiveness of Sin

Sin is the scourge of the human race. With ignorance and fear it holds mankind in bondage, sometimes of the most degrading nature. It is "the mark of the beast;" the foe to spirituality. Where it holds sway, life is always bitter; for in its wake are sorrow, sickness, and death.

Men define sin in various ways, differing widely as to its nature according to their religious or philosophical point of view; but all agree as to its devastating tendencies. Not a single intelligent thinker but regards it as the enemy of mankind, the most sinister force in the midst of men, destructive of all that makes for progress, happiness, and contentment. And every intelligent thinker knows, too, that its pleasures are no pleasures at all, but counterfeits of true enjoyment, illusory and fleeting.

In Christian Science, where moral issues are clear-cut because the line of demarcation between Spirit and matter, good and evil, is drawn with the certainty of absolute knowledge, the problem of sin is a very definite one. There the truth is accurately known about God and His creation, the truth which declares that God is infinite Spirit and that His creation, man, is altogether spiritual. Moreover, this truth reveals that since God is good, man must likewise be good. Thus the real man has not the slightest taint of sin about him, and never can have.

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Notes from the Publishing House
November 29, 1924

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