There is one common ground we may all meet on, and it...


There is one common ground we may all meet on, and it is, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." If this were more fully adhered to there would be less destructive criticism and more constructive unity. If it is Christian Science a clergyman had in mind when he spoke of "a type of religious promise which deals with sin by denying it," and stated that "such a position is not Christian, even though they may claim the name," then I can only regret he has not more closely studied "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. On page 447 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy deals with evil in a very definite manner when she says: "Expose and denounce the claims of evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them. A sinner is not reformed merely by assuring him that he cannot be a sinner because there is no sin. To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the mask, point out the illusion, and thus get the victory over sin and so prove its unreality."

If sin can be destroyed it cannot be real, for that which is real is eternal. Therefore, to fear sin is to acknowledge a power apart from God, thus breaking the First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Everything God made was, and is, good; and without Him nothing was made. If sin is real and eternal, who created it? God certainly did not, and He is the only creative power. Sin, therefore, can seem to exist only as an illusion of the material senses, for it has no more truth behind it than has the theory that the earth is flat. It is well to remember that sin has no intelligence to take hold of us, and that we have the power to refuse it admittance into our consciousness. Believe that the devil, so called, is a power and that he can make a sinner of us, and we are well on the way to thinking and doing something we should not think or do. On the other hand, understand that God is the only real power and presence, and that man is His reflection, and we realize how impossible it is for the real man to sin.

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December 15, 1928

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