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A recent issue of your paper contains a sermon by a clergyman in which the reverend gentleman advised his audience to "listen no longer to the siren voice of Christian Science that there is no such thing as sin." Christian Science teaches that, as an experience, there is nothing seemingly more real or actual than sin. Yet, in fact, sin has no more reality than has a ghost. Christian Science accepts, and is proving by demonstration, the Biblical account of creation as stated in Genesis, wherein God created all and pronounced His creation good. There is nothing good in sin, nor of sin. Therefore Christian Science logically affirms that God did not create sin. Hence, sin has neither the substantiality of being nor real existence. Sin is a mental state which is either ignorant or malicious, and which is at variance with God, infinite good, with His perfect creation, and with His law governing the universe, including the real man. Believing in a power apart from God is wrong, is a sin; and the consequences are fear, wretchedness, disease, and death. A sinner, then, is one who thinks or acts wrongly, one who transgresses the law of God or is disobedient to the divine will; and there is no escape from the misery, the wretchedness, of this, except to cease sinning.

Through the teachings of Christian Science men are becoming better acquainted with the true nature of God, and as a consequence are having more faith in good than in evil. Such faith gives one courage to grapple with sin in all its different phases. There is no state of men so abject but that with this faith, based on understanding, they can at once begin to free themselves. Such understanding is truly the life line of divine Love, which to-day is rescuing untold numbers from the surging sea of sin, sickness, and death. It is illogical to think that God, divine Love, created sin, or to believe that He created anything to tempt man, His image and likeness. Obviously, then, sin, instead of being a reality, is a distorted condition of thought, that can be overcome through an honest effort to "let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." On page 339 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes: "A sinner can receive no encouragement from the fact that Science demonstrates the unreality of evil, for the sinner would make a reality of sin,—would make that real which is unreal, and thus heap up 'wrath against the day of wrath.' He is joining in a conspiracy against himself,—against his own awakening to the awful unreality by which he has been deceived. Only those, who repent of sin and forsake the unreal, can fully understand the unreality of evil."

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Come Out of Egypt
February 11, 1928

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