Unity of Good, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

Caution in the Truth
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Caution in the Truth



   Perhaps no doctrine of Christian Science rouses so
much natural doubt and questioningas this, that
God knows no such thing as sin. Indeed, this may be set
down as one of the "things hard to be understood," such
as the apostle Peter declared were taught by his fellow-apostle
Paul, "which they that are unlearned and unstable
wrest . . . unto their own destruction."(2 Peter iii 16.)
   Let us then reason together on this inportant subject,
whose statement in Christian Science may justly be
characterized as wonderful.

   Does God know or behold sin, sickness, and death?

   The nature and character of God is so little apprehended
and demonstrated by mortals, that I counsel my
students to defer this infinite inquiry, in their discussions
of Christian Science.  In fact, they had better leave the
subject untouched, until they draw nearer to the divine
character, and are practically able to testify, by their lives,
that as they come closer to the true understanding of God
they lose all sense of error.

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   The Scriptures declare that God is too pure to behold
iniquity (Habakkuk i. 13); but they also declare that
God pitieth them who fear Him; that there is no place
where His voice is not heard; that He is "a very present
help in trouble."
   The sinner has no refuge from sin, except in God, who
is his salvation.  We must, however, realize God's presence,
power, and love, in order to be saved from sin.  This
realization takes away man's fondness for sin and his
pleasure in it; and, lastly, it removes the pain which
accrues to him from it.  Then follows this, as the finale in
Science:  The sinner loses his sense of sin, and gains a
higher sense of God, in whom there is no sin.
   The true man, really saved, is ready to testify of God
in the infinite penetration of Truth, and can affirm that
the Mind which is good, or God, has no knowledge of sin.
   In the same manner the sick lose their sense of sickness,
and gain that spiritual sense of harmony which contains
neither discord nor disease.
   According to this same rule, in divine Science, the
dying - if they die in the Lord - awake from a sense of
death to a sense of Life in Christ, with a knowledge of
Truth and Love beyond what they possessed before; because
their lives have grown so far toward the stature of
manhood in Christ Jesus, that they are ready for a spiritual
transfiguration, through their affections and
understanding.
   Those who reach this transition, called death, without

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having rightly improved the lessons of this primary school
of mortal existence, - and still believe in matter's reality,
pleasure, and pain, - are not ready to understand
immortality.  Hence they awake only to another sphere of
experience, and must pass through another probationary
state before it can be truly said of them: "Blessed are the
dead which die in the Lord."
   They upon whom the second death, of which we read
in the Apocalypse (Revelation xx. 6), hath no power, are
those who have obeyed God's commands, and have
washed their robes white through the sufferings of the
flesh and the triumphs of Spirit.  Thus they have reached
the goal in divine Science, by knowing Him in whom they
have believed.  This knowledge is not the forbidden fruit
of sin, sickness, and death, but it is the fruit which grows
on the "tree of life."  This is the understanding of God,
whereby man is found in the image and likeness of

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