Love's Chastening

The ancient concept of the eternal punishment of the many and the salvation of the elect is in these days giving place to saner thoughts. By restoring the pure spirituality of the teachings of Christ Jesus, Christian Science has given to mankind the correct view of the subject, which is fraught with great importance regarding one's happiness and peace. Mrs. Eddy considered the subject of sufficient moment to include an elucidation of it in the tenets of The Mother Church. On page 15 of the Church Manual she writes: "We acknowledge God's forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts."

A study of these two brief but powerful statements shows that they embrace and define the problem, and clearly point out the manner of its solution. Our Leader's presentation of it leads directly away from the traditional theories that have surrounded and obscured the subject, to a new and joyous view of the operation of divine Love in the destruction of all that produces suffering generally.

"A wise and an understanding heart"
May 25, 1929

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