Neither Sinner nor Sufferer

Sin is always a decadent influence in the life of anyone who indulges it, and no sophistry can make it otherwise. No general submission by mortals can clothe it with the respectability of intelligence and reality. It is the mantle of godless thinking which bars its wearer from the wedding feast where thought finds man's unity with God, and the satisfaction, health, and peace that are indigenous to true being.

All mortals are sinners in some degree. Sin, in its larger meaning, is the material viewpoint of existence, the unspiritual sense of life, all material-mindedness. As John says, "All unrighteousness is sin" (I John 5:17). In its more common application, sin means the ignorant or willful violation of the ethical and moral rules of thinking and living set forth in the Scriptures. Some of these declare the sinfulness of stealing, killing, adultery, fornication, coveting, bearing false witness, hatred, anger, pride, and self-indulgence. Why are these wrong? Because they are expressions of the negative or untrue mortal mind, the one evil, the opposite of the Mind that is Truth, God.

Christian Science teaches that the man of God's making—your only true being and mine—cannot sin, be sick, or suffer. Being wholly intelligent and good, God makes and maintains man, His image and expression, superior to sin and sickness.

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March 9, 1946

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