Christian Science teaches the eternality of good and the...

Bath and Wilts Chronicle

Christian Science teaches the eternality of good and the utter falsity of the seeming pleasure, as well as the awful deception, of sin. Sin is therefore the negation of good, beguiling mortals from man's true selfhood and true estate of perfection as the image and likeness of God. Sin should be stripped of its usurping power, for there is, in the real or absolute sense, but one power—God, who is infinite good. If sin were an absolute reality it could not be destroyed, for "whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever; nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it." It was the belief of the dualism of good and evil which Christ Jesus destroyed when he described the devil (evil) as "a murderer from the beginning," and as "a liar and the father of it." In a message to her church in Boston, Mary Baker Eddy gives the Christian Science view of sin and repentance; but space will only allow of a brief extract (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 109): "Examine yourselves, and see what, and how much, sin claims of you; and how much of this claim you admit as valid, or comply with. The knowledge of evil that brings on repentance is the most hopeful stage of mortal mentality. Even a mild mistake must be seen as a mistake, in order to be corrected; how much more, then, should one's sins be seen and repented of, before they can be reduced to their native nothingness!"

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