No and Yes, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy
IS SIN FORGIVEN?
IS SIN FORGIVEN?
The law of Life and Truth is the law of Christ, destroying
all sense of sin and death. It does more than forgive
the false sense named sin, for it pursues and punishes it,
and will not let sin go until it is destroyed, - until nothing
is left to be forgiven, to suffer, or to be punished. Forgiven
thus, sickness and sin have no relapse. God's law
reaches and destroys evil by virtue of the allness of God.
He need not know the evil He destroys, any more than
the legislator need know the criminal who is punished by
the law enacted. God's law is in three words, "I am All;"
and this perfect law is ever present to rebuke any claim
of another law. God pities our woes with the love of a
Father for His child, - not by becoming human, and
knowing sin, or naught, but by removing our knowledge
of what is not. He could not destroy our woes totally
if He possessed any knowledge of them. His sympathy
is divine, not human. It is Truth's knowledge of its own
infinitude which forbids the genuine existence of even
a claim to error. This knowledge is light wherein there
is no darkness, - not light holding darkness within itself.
The consciousness of light is like the eternal law of God,
revealing Him and nothing else.
Sympathy with sin, sorrow, and sickness would dethrone
God as Truth, for Truth has no sympathy for error. In
Science, the cure of the sick demonstrates this grand
verity of Christian Science, that you cannot eradicate disease
if you admit that God sends it or sees it. Material
and mortal mind-healing (so-called) has for ages been
a pretender, but has not healed mortals; and they are
yet sick and sinful.
Disease and sin appear to-day in subtler forms than
they did yesterday. They progress and will multiply into
worse forms, until it is understood that disease and sin are
unreal, unknown to Truth, and never actual persons or
Our phraseology varies. To me divine pardon is that
divine presence which is the sure destruction of sin; and
I insist on the destruction of sin as the only full proof of
its pardon. "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,
that he might destroy the works of the devil"
(1 John iii. 8).
Jesus cast out evils, mediating between what is and is
not, until a perfect consciousness is attained. He healed
disease as he healed sin; but he treated them both,
not as in or of matter, but as mortal beliefs to be
exterminated. Physical and mental healing were one
and the same with this master Metaphysician. If the
evils called sin, sickness, and death had been forgiven
in the generally accepted sense, they would have returned,
to be again forgiven; but Jesus said to disease: "Come
out of him, and enter no more into him." He said also:
"If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death;"
and "Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound
in heaven." The misinterpretation of such passages has
retarded the progress of Christianity and the spiritualization
of the race.
A magistrate's pardon may encourage a criminal to
repeat the offense; because forgiveness, in the popular
sense of the word, can neither extinguish a crime nor the
motives leading to it. The belief in sin - its pleasure,
pain, or power - must suffer, until it is self-destroyed.
"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
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