Not Absorbed, but Absolved

Those beginning the study of Christian Science may believe that they will lose something, perhaps what they consider a very valuable asset to their well-being and progress, namely, personality and the material sense of being; or that in some mysterious way they will become absorbed in Deity. Per contra, by revealing man's eternal individuality, an understanding of Christian Science brings to the student a strength, an ability, a purpose, a sense of power never known before.

In a very enlightening letter written to a clergyman by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, are these words (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 119), "In Science, we learn that man is not absorbed in the divine nature, but is absolved by it." A dictionary definition of "absolve" includes "to set free, or release." Now, is not this just what tired, frustrated, confused humanity is assiduously seeking?

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