THE DIVINE SYMPATHY

Christian Science teaches us that God's sympathy is not based upon a knowledge of human suffering and sin, but upon the truths which destroy such errors. Our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, speaks of this in "No and Yes," where she writes as follows (p. 30): "God pities our woes with the love of a Father for His child,—not by becoming human, and knowing sin, or naught, but by removing our knowledge of what is not. He could not destroy our woes totally if He possessed any knowledge of them. His sympathy is divine, not human."

Christ Jesus prayed to God as to a loving Father, and he proved that the divine sympathy is equal to overcoming any human woe. He gained the Father's sympathy by demonstrating His just and merciful will. In the Sermon on the Mount he said (Matt. 6:8), "Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." Divine Love is ever present, ever offering the spiritual truths which destroy the mortal illusions of mankind.

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