No scars

Many people who have suffered from sexual abuse in their early years have found it sometimes challenging to develop healthy relationships. Guilt and hidden fears seem to hinder their expression of normal affection and their ability to trust members of the opposite sex. For those striving to put these dark dreams behind them and to be rid of their aftereffects, the message of Christ, Truth, revealing man's purity and likeness to God, is a great boon.

Man is not a magnet for evil. The guilt-inducing belief that children bring illicit actions upon themselves is itself an unjust and wicked belief. To be free of this, it is important to awake to the fact—and to accept the fact—of one's innocency as God's likeness. Job hit the nail on the head. He declared, "I hold unflinching to my innocence; not for one hour need I reproach myself" (Job 27:6, James Moffatt translation). The King James Version reads, "My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live." Christian Science teaches that the true selfhood of each one of us is Godlike and unflawed, and that God maintains the purity and goodness of His creation.

In next week's SENTINEL
October 2, 1995

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