No and Yes, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

IS THERE NO SACRIFICIAL ATONEMENT?
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reconciliation with God, for it is one with Him now and
forever.
   Jesus came announcing Truth, and saying not only "the
kingdom of God is at hand," but "the kingdom of God
is within you."  Hence there is no sin, for God's kingdom
is everywhere and supreme, and it follows that the human
kingdom is nowhere, and must be unreal.  Jesus taught


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and demonstrated the infinite as one, and not as two.
He did not teach that there are two deities, - one infinite
and the other finite; for that would be impossible.
He knew God as infinite, and therefore as the All-in-all;
and we shall know this truth when we awake in the divine
likeness.  Jesus' true and conscious being never left
heaven for earth.  It abode forever above, even while
mortals believed it was here.  He once spoke of himself
(John iii. 13) as "the Son of man which is in heaven," -
remarkable words, as wholly opposed to the popular view
of Jesus' nature.
   The real Christ was unconscious of matter, of sin,
disease, and death, and was conscious only of God, of
good, of eternal Life, and harmony.  Hence the human
Jesus had a resort to his higher self and relation to the
Father, and there could find rest from unreal trials in
the conscious reality and royalty of his being, - holding
the mortal as unreal, and the divine as real.  It was this
retreat from material to spiritual selfhood which recuperated
him for triumph over sin, sickness, and death.  Had
he been as conscious of these evils as he was of God,
wherein there is no consciousness of human error, Jesus
could not have resisted them; nor could he have conquered
the malice of his foes, rolled away the stone from the
sepulchre, and risen from human sense to a higher concept
than that in which he appeared at his birth.
   Mankind's concept of Jesus was a babe born in a manger,
even while the divine and ideal Christ was the Son of God,

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spiritual and eternal.  In human conception God's offspring
had to grow, develop; but in Science his divine
nature and manhood were forever complete, and dwelt
forever in the Father.  Jesus said, "Ye do err, not knowing
the Scriptures, nor the power of God."  Mortal thought
gives the eternal God and infinite consciousness the license
of a short-lived sinner, to begin and end, to know both
evil and good; when evil is temporal and God is eternal, -
and when, as a sphere of Mind, He cannot know beginning
or end.
   The spiritual interpretation of the vicarious atonement
of Jesus, in Christian Science, unfolds the full-orbed glory
of that event; but to regard this wonder of glory, this
most marvellous demonstration, as a personal and material
bloodgiving - or as a proof that sin is known to the
divine Mind, and that what is unlike God demands His
continual presence, knowledge, and power, to meet and
master it - would make the atonement to be less than
the at-one-ment, whereby the work of Jesus would lose
its efficacy and lack the "signs following."
   From Genesis to Revelation the Scriptures teach an infinite
God, and none beside Him; and on this basis
Messiah and prophet saved the sinner and raised the dead,
- uplifting the human understanding, buried in a false
sense of being.  Jesus rendered null and void whatever
is unlike God; but he could not have done this if error
and sin existed in the Mind of God.  What God knows,
He also predestinates; and it must be fulfilled.  Jesus

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proved to perfection, so far as this could be done in that
age, what Christian Science is to-day proving in a small
degree, - the falsity of the evidence of the material senses

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