The letter signed "Truth" in a recent issue does not mention...

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The letter signed "Truth" in a recent issue does not mention Christian Science, but your readers might infer that it had a bearing on that teaching. Furthermore, if the writer really wants to know whether sin is real or unreal he may learn by consulting the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. He says that "if we were made in the spiritual image of God, why should we ever have sinned?" and continues, "If sin, sickness, and death are errors of the mortal mind, it is also an error of the immortal mind." Please let me explain that man made in the image and likeness of God, spoken of in the first chapter of Genesis, is spiritual and not material. The second account of creation in Genesis is of so-called material man. Christian Science insists that the first account is true, and proves it to be true by the healing of the sick and the reforming of the sinner, which were the first signs of Christianity given by Jesus the Christ. Sickness and sin, if sent by God, could not and would not have been healed by Jesus, because he came to do the will of the Father. It is Truth that destroys error, and Love that destroys hate; therefore, the most necessary thing for mankind to do is to understand what God really is, and that He is the only power. This is the mission of Christian Science. Man made in God's image and likeness never sinned; it is false material sense that sins and errs, not the real man.

Mary Baker Eddy in her textbook explains that the image and likeness of God remains perfect, regardless of what the material senses may assert about man, in these words (pp. 393, 394): "Man is never sick, for Mind isnot sick and matter cannot be. A false belief is both the tempter and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the disease and its cause. It is well to be calm in sickness; to be hopeful is still better; but to understand that sickness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming reality, is best of all, for this understanding is the universal and perfect remedy." The woman injured in an accident referred to was quite right in affirming that spiritual man was not injured, for in God's universe there are no accidents. Mrs. Eddy explains this point in Science and Health (p. 202) in these words: "Outside of this Science all is mutable; but immortal man, in accord with the divine Principle of his being, God, neither sins, suffers, nor dies."

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The Open Door
December 17, 1927

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