Many at times have been burdened with a remembrance of wrongdoing and with a belief that some past mistake has made forgiveness difficult or even impossible. Perhaps also there has been a lurking fear that the attainment of forgiveness for one's self requires some form of supplication not clearly understood, and, further, that pardon may depend on varying responsiveness on the part of the pardoning power. To those laboring under this sense of uncertainty, Christian Science comes with the thoroughly satisfying explanation that forgiveness for sin is not attained by asking that the rules of right conduct be waived for that particular time and individual, and that it does not depend upon the caprice of a mutable judge. Christian Science elucidates the fact that spiritual law operates unvaryingly and dependably even as do mathematical rules, and that in its application to human affairs this law destroys error in human thought even as mathematical rules, when properly applied, correct erroneous computations.

The primary requisite for forgiveness is indicated on pages 5 and 6 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where Mrs. Eddy states: "Sin is forgiven only as it is destroyed by Christ,—Truth and Life;" and, "Calling on Him to forgive our work badly done or left undone, implies the vain supposition that we have nothing to do but to ask pardon, and that afterwards we shall be free to repeat the offence." Thus reformation, following regret for wrongdoing, is shown to be the first requirement for forgiveness; and thus also is the ability to win forgiveness placed directly with the individual himself. Without reformation nothing has occurred to warrant forgiveness. Christian Science replaces the false concept of God as a mutable Father with the understanding of divine Principle and a basic standard of law to which one must conform to earn forgiveness. The first step toward winning one's pardon lies in turning away from false standards to the straight and narrow way of spiritual understanding and right doing.

The Right Side
November 11, 1933

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