Mrs. Eddy devotes an entire chapter of her textbook,...

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Mrs. Eddy devotes an entire chapter of her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," to the consideration of the atonement, which Christ Jesus exemplified for sinful mortals. An honest and unprejudiced perusal of this reverent and illuminating explanation of God's love for mankind, as expressed through the life, resurrection, and ascension of the Master, will convince the reader that Christian Science does not deny, but understand and makes practical, the fact that Jesus was the Christ, indeed, the Saviour of the world. It will make clear the fact that his sacrifice on the cross preceded his triumphant rising above hatred and death as an example to all, now as then, who love and follow him in all his ways.

Nowhere in Mrs. Eddy's writings does the statement occur, "There is no evil in the world." She rightly teaches that evil is unreal, but that sin and disobedience among mortals have increased the belief of evil to mountain height, which only the following of Jesus the Christ in thought and deed can destroy. She says on page 188 of the Christian Science textbook: "The belief of sin, which has grown terrible in strength and influence, is an unconscious error in the beginning,—an embryonic thought without motive; but afterwards it governs the so-called man. Passion, depraved appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge ripen into action, only to pass from shame and woe to their final punishment."

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