Jesus did not claim that he was God, and although the...

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Jesus did not claim that he was God, and although the critic quotes from the first chapter of John's gospel to verify his statement that Jesus was God, this same chapter speaks of him as "the only begotten Son." On one occasion Jesus rebuked one who addressed him as "good Master," by saying, "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." The Pharisees sought to put him to death because "he made himself the Son of God," and Jesus always spoke of God as his Father, without whom he could do nothing.

Christian Science does not deny that sin is a most distressing element in human experience, and it accordingly sets before mortals the way of salvation from sin. At the same time it makes a clear distinction between the spiritual man, created in the image and likeness of God, as described in the first chapter of Genesis, and the Adam-man, who, Paul said, was "of the earth, earthy." Paul also said that "as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly;" and he described this process when he said, "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Christian Science accordingly teaches that the way of salvation is a mental transformation, whereby mortals lay aside the evil thoughts of the carnal mind and put on the Mind of Christ. Evil desires and inclinations are replaced with unselfish and pure ideals, and thus the sinner is healed.

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