Genetics—a secular doctrine of predestination

Christianity in general has outgrown the harsher aspects of predestination theology in favor of a more merciful view of the creator, believing that it is God's better purpose that all should be saved. Most Christians would agree that every individual has the right and the opportunity to know God's redeeming grace and to work out his own salvation. No one is damned from the beginning. No one is denied access to the kingdom of heaven merely by reason of his birth.

Yet over the past century a secular model of predestination has, in effect, taken the place of a religious doctrine. The theory of genetics is today widely accepted, and it depicts existence as molded into preordained material patterns and limits by the chromosomal linkups initiated at an individual's conception. But this is no more true about man's real being than is the doctrinal error inherent in a narrow interpretation of predestination theology. Both are false mental concepts that must be corrected metaphysically by an understanding of God as exemplified in the life and healing works of Christ Jesus.

Christian Science has come to this age bringing new light to those who would follow the example of Jesus and see through the limitations of mortality with its false assumptions about life in matter. Revealing the true spiritual nature of God and man, the Science of Christ opens the door for each of us to experience more of God's kingdom as the present reality of being. It shows that not only does everyone have the right to be saved but that in truth each of us is already the beloved child—the perfect image and likeness—of God. The spiritual fact is that we are eternally held in divine Love's embrace, from which we can never fall. God is infinite Spirit, eternal Mind; and man, as God's idea, coexists with the Father Mind throughout eternity.

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