Who is to blame for all of the sin and suffering in the world today? Does God cause the individual to sin and permit him to suffer for his own and others' faults? These are questions which arise in the thoughts of many as they consider the discordant world conditions and their own problems.

The Christian Scientist finds the answer to these questions in the inspired Word of the Bible as interpreted by Mary Baker Eddy in her writings. Jesus, the great exemplar of God's power, makes it clear that God is Spirit, the only cause. Habakkuk writes of the creator (1:13), "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity." God, who is Spirit, who formed all, is Love—infinite, the only power, presence, and lawmaker. His creation is pure, perfect, and blameless.

What then is the cause of that which is discordant and blameworthy? It is error, which has no origin in God and therefore has no real existence, for nothing can exist outside the infinite All, or Spirit. Error, including all falsity and sin, is the suppositional opposite of Spirit and in belief claims to be a creator and to form a material creation subject to all of the ills which flesh is heir to. But with all its boastful claims to be something and to do something it can only seem real when admitted into the consciousness of the individual and acknowledged as having presence and power. Therefore it is belief in error, materiality, and sin which must be regarded as blameworthy—the origin of all earth's ills.

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May 26, 1956

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