The sure antidote for sin

In current thinking there has appeared the insidious belief that all rules of human thought and conduct are man-made, and so one can do pretty much as he likes so long as he thinks no one else will be hurt. The existence of a divine Arbiter is seen as a doubtful hypothesis at best, and as an out-and-out myth by many.

However, evil thoughts and acts are just as destructive as ever to health and happiness. The word "sin" is not an archaic term with little meaning in the nineteen-seventies. Wrong actions—those that turn us away from God's supremacy—still undermine real progress in every department of life, and they always will until faced and destroyed by the understanding of man's pure nature and relation to God. This understanding is the sure antidote for sin.

In revealing the true identity of man, Christian Science destroys the destructive theological doctrine that man is born into sin—that he is a natural sinner. Instead it shows man's real selfhood to be spiritual, the representation of God, who is pure and infinite Spirit. Man, then, is immortal, pure, loving, just, and wise. These attributes are the actual substance of his being. They individualize the goodness of the divine nature.

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April 16, 1979

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