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Christian Science Bible Lessons

October 23,1898
EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

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Genesis 3:19
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt
thou eat bread, till thou return unto
the ground; for out of it wast thou
taken: for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.

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I Corinthians 15:22
22 For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive.

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Hebrews 12:29
29 For our God is a consuming fire.


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I John 4:7,8
7 Beloved, let us love one another:
for love is of God; and every one
that loveth is born of God, and
knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not
God; for God is love.


35:30 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist

 

Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist
The love of the good and beautiful, and their immortality. 

Christ Healing (1)

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In tender mercy, Spirit sped 
A loyal ray 
To rouse the living, wake the dead, 
And point the Way - 

Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious. 

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(Final purpose)
The design of Love is to reform the sinner. If the sinner's
punishment here has been insufficient to reform him, the good
man's heaven would be a hell to the sinner. They, who know not
purity and affection by experience, can never find bliss in the
blessed company of Truth and Love simply through translation into
another sphere. Divine Science reveals the necessity of
sufficient suffering, either before or after death, to quench the
love of sin. To remit the penalty due for sin, would be for Truth
to pardon error. Escape from punishment is not in accordance with
God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.

36:19 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist

(Righteous retribution)
A selfish and limited mind may be unjust, but the unlimited and
divine Mind is the immortal law of justice as well as of mercy.
It is quite as impossible for sinners to receive their full
punishment this side of the grave as for this world to bestow on
the righteous their full reward. It is useless to suppose that
the wicked can gloat over their offences to the last moment and
then be suddenly pardoned and pushed into heaven, or that the hand
of Love is satisfied with giving us only toil, sacrifice,
cross-bearing, multiplied trials, and mockery of our motives in
return for our efforts at well doing.


6:3-5,11-14 Chapter 1: Prayer


(Pardon and amendment)
Divine Love corrects and governs man. Men may pardon, but this
divine Principle alone reforms the sinner.
To cause suffering as the result of sin, is the means of
destroying sin. Every supposed pleasure in sin will furnish more
than its equivalent of pain, until belief in material life and sin
is destroyed.


188:8 Chapter 7: Physiology

 

Chapter 7: Physiology
The rights of woman acknowledged
morally, civilly, and socially.

Christmas Morn

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Yet wherefore signalize the birth 
Of him ne'er born? 
What can rehearse the glorious worth 
Of his high morn? 

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

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(Embryonic sinful thoughts)
Passion, depraved appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge
ripen into action, only to pass from shame and woe to their final
punishment.


545:27-32 Chapter 15: Genesis

 

Chapter 15: Genesis
Divine Science encompassing the universe and man;...  

The Way 

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No blight, no broken wing, no moan, 
Truth's fane can dim; 
Eternal swells Christ's music-tone, 
In heaven's hymn. 

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

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(Erroneous standpoint)
Truth has but one reply to all error, - to sin, sickness, and
death: "Dust [nothingness] thou art, and unto dust [nothingness]
shalt thou return."
(Mortality mythical)
"As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all
be made alive."

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