INNOCENCE AND PURITY—THE LAMB OF LOVE

Innocence is an attribute of Soul, God, and its twin sister is purity. These two transcendent qualities, so readily apparent in the upturned countenance of a little child, are also typified throughout the realm of nature. Let us consider, for instance, the carefree caprices of young lambs in the meadows at springtime; the freshness and fragrance of flowers and trees; the full-throated uninhibited songs of birds; the gentle breaking of wavelets on a smooth seashore; and the silent wonder of a new day breaking over snow-capped mountain peaks.

Dictionary definitions show that innocence and purity are complementary or synonymous terms, and in this way they are used more than once in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy to indicate that unadulterated consciousness of the infinity of good and the unreality of evil, which are the central theme of the teachings of Christian Science. For example, on page 590 of her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she gives us this definition: "Lamb of God. The spiritual idea of Love; self-immolation; innocence and purity; sacrifice." And on page 582 she defines "bride" as, "Purity and innocence, conceiving man in the idea of God; a sense of Soul, which has spiritual bliss and enjoys but cannot suffer."

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