Someone speaking over this radio station a few days ago...

Someone speaking over this radio station a few days ago stated that Christian Science says that sin and death are not real. This statement needs some explanation or amplification in order that the actual Christian Science teaching on this point may be made clear; and the management has kindly allowed me a few minutes in which to make this explanation.

According to a dictionary, one definition of the word "real" is "existing intrinsically or inherently, as distinguished from seeming or apparent." Now, Christian Science admits that, to material sense, sin and death have a seeming or apparent existence, but denies their intrinsic or inherent reality on the simple basis that God, the one and only creator, did not make them.

Christian Science is based upon the Bible. In the first chapter of the Bible we read, "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good;" and in the first chapter of John's Gospel we read, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." In perfect accord with these statements, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has written in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 472): "All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God."

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