Is there no sin?
(Unrealities that seem real)
All reality is in God and His creation,
harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all
that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the
awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God
strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God.
We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is
illusion, possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming to be
real and identical.
the ideal Truth
The Science of Mind disposes of all evil.
Truth, God, is not the father of error. Sin, sickness, and death are to be
classified as effects of error. Christ came to destroy the belief of sin.
The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and
nothing apart from Him is present or has power. Christ is the ideal Truth,
that comes to heal sickness and sin through Christian Science, and
attributes all power to God. Jesus is the name of the man who, more than
all other men, has presented Christ, the true idea of God, healing the
sick and the sinning and destroying the power of death. Jesus is the human
man, and Christ is the divine idea; hence the duality of Jesus the Christ.
In an age of ecclesiastical despotism,
Jesus introduced the teaching and practice of Christianity, affording the
proof of Christianity's truth and love; but to reach his example and to
test its unerring Science according to his rule, healing sickness, sin,
and death, a better understanding of God as divine Principle, Love, rather
than personality or the man Jesus, is required.
Jesus established what he said by
demonstration, thus making his acts of higher importance than his words.
He proved what he taught. This is the Science of Christianity. Jesus proved
the Principle, which heals the sick and casts out error, to be divine.
Few, however, except his students understood in the least his teachings
and their glorious proofs, - namely, that Life, Truth, and Love (the
Principle of this unacknowledged Science) destroy all error, evil,
disease, and death.
The reception accorded to Truth in the
early Christian era is repeated to-day. Whoever introduces the Science of
Christianity will be scoffed at and scourged with worse cords than those
which cut the flesh. To the ignorant age in which it first appears,
Science seems to be a mistake, - hence the misinterpretation and
consequent maltreatment which it receives. Christian marvels (and marvel
is the simple meaning of the Greek word rendered miracle
in the New Testament) will be misunderstood and misused by many, until the
glorious Principle of these marvels is gained.
If sin, sickness, and death are as real as
Life, Truth, and Love, then they must all be from the same source; God
must be their author. Now Jesus came to destroy sin, sickness, and death;
yet the Scriptures aver, "I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."
Is it possible, then, to believe that the evils which Jesus lived to
destroy are real or the offspring of the divine will?
Despite the hallowing influence of Truth in
the destruction of error, must error still be immortal? Truth spares all
that is true. If evil is real, Truth must make it so; but error, not
Truth, is the author of the unreal, and the unreal vanishes, while all
that is real is eternal. The apostle says that the mission of Christ is to
"destroy the works of the devil." Truth destroys falsity and
error, for light and darkness cannot dwell together. Light extinguishes
the darkness, and the Scripture declares that there is "no night
there." To Truth there is no error, - all is Truth. To infinite
Spirit there is no matter, - all is Spirit, divine Principle and its idea.
Adam: The opposite of Spirit and His creations.
What is man?
Man is not matter; he is not made up of
brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us
that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that
likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is
spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be
so understood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is
not physique. He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas;
the generic term for all that reflects God's image and likeness; the
conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is the
reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no
separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from
Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of
his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.
And God said: "Let us make man in our
image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the
sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the
earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and
death. The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man
is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin. A mortal sinner is
not God's man. Mortals are the counterfeits of immortals. They are the
children of the wicked one, or the one evil, which declares that man
begins in dust or as a material embryo. In divine Science, God and the
real man are inseparable as divine Principle and idea.
are not immortals
Error, urged to its final limits, is
self-destroyed. Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life
and intelligence are in matter, and that this matter is man. God is the
Principle of man, and man is the idea of God. Hence man is not mortal nor
material. Mortals will disappear, and immortals, or the children of God,
will appear as the only and eternal verities of man. Mortals are not
fallen children of God. They never had a perfect state of being, which may
subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history,
"conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is
finally swallowed up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must
disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.
Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek
the spiritual status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood.
Remember that the Scriptures say of mortal man: "As for man, his days
are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind
passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no
When speaking of God's children, not the
children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;"
that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's
image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man,
who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this
perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of
man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact,
universal, and that man is pure and holy. Man is not a material habitation
for Soul; he is himself spiritual. Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing
imperfect nor material.
body never God's idea
Whatever is material is mortal. To the five
corporeal senses, man appears to be matter and mind united; but Christian
Science reveals man as the idea of God, and declares the corporeal senses
to be mortal and erring illusions. Divine Science shows it to be
impossible that a material body, though interwoven with matter's highest
stratum, misnamed mind, should be man, - the genuine and perfect man, the
immortal idea of being, indestructible and eternal. Were it otherwise, man
would be annihilated.
Adam: That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material
belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
Rolf A. F.