"Saved with an everlasting salvation"

A bible dictionary describes salvation as "deliverance ... from sin and its consequences." The Bible instructs us to work out our own salvation, or deliverance from evil (see Philippians 2:12). In the generally accepted doctrines of Christianity the prerequisite to salvation is to believe that Christ appeared as the Son of God and came to save us.

The interpretation of salvation in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy invests the word with far greater import. The Glossary of her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," gives the spiritual definition of the word (p. 593): "Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin sickness, and death destroyed." Thus ultimate salvation, or deliverance, is directly dependent upon the student's own understanding and demonstration of Life, Truth, and Love. For instance, a healing may be a deliverance from physical discomfort or disease, but unless there is a corresponding regeneration in one's thinking, true salvation has not been attained.

What Is Your Concept of Man?
June 15, 1946

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